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Shy and Insecure

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arrie Dickie is a top earner in a thriving network marketing company, leading a growing team of mostly women in 11 countries. Once a shy little girl who never felt good enough, she made a long journey to reclaim her innocence, beauty, and power to light up the world. In 2008, even earning a million dollars with a previous company was not enough to fill the void Carrie felt inside. When her company and team fell apart, she finally hired a coach to help her jump the abyss from selfdoubt and self-loathing to self-love and selfconfidence. Today, having found “her inner woohoo,” Carrie is on a mission to empower others in and beyond her company to stand in their light, share their gifts, and live the life they were meant to live.—J.G.

May/June 2016

I was born in Denver, Colorado, in a two-parent family. My dad worked so many hours I rarely saw him. When I was five years old, my mom came to pick me up from Kindergarten, and the teacher said, “Carrie had a wonderful morning, but when we brought out John’s birthday cake around noon, she cried all afternoon and would not come out from the back of the room.” I just didn’t have what it took, at that time, to tell them it was my birthday too. I was extremely shy as a little girl. I remember in first grade learning about addition and being pretty good at it. When we moved to subtraction, that was a foreign concept to me—which made me very anxious. The teachers would say, “Carrie is a good student and gets good grades, but she cries whenever a new concept comes up on the board.” School was tough for me. I felt like I never knew how to wear my hair or how to dress. I didn’t know how to walk in the halls. I was extremely under-confident and let others define me all through grade school, junior high, and high school. Starting in high school and during college, I waited tables and bartended. I worked at many restaurants. Being a waitress taught me multitasking, and how to determine what was most important: I always made sure people had their condiments and their checks, because I didn’t want to keep anybody waiting. I knew when to connect with people and when to leave them alone. I learned how to assess and then meet their needs. I also taught fitness classes and worked as a personal trainer, which taught me how to motivate people.

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