A Sydney lawyer has launched a book on the secrets to living an "extraordinary life".
Ghania Dib, a commercial litigation lawyer with Dib Lawyers, launched Extraordinary You - The Art of Living a Lusciously Spirited, Vibrant Life last night (12 December) in Sydney.
The book, compiled by Vanessa Talbot, is authored by 10 women from the US, Canada and Australia. Each tells their own story, from tragedy, near-death experiences and mundane existences to expanded lives of vitality.
Dib said her motivation for contributing to the book was "inspiring and empowering women around the world to live their version of an extraordinary life".
Through her interest in family law and her work as a freelance journalist in family relations and parenting, Dib said she saw, from many angles, the personal devastation that accompanies relationship and matrimonial breakdown.
"I've always been a writer [and] I believe we can leave a big impact on other people through the written word," Dib told Lawyers Weekly. [My motivation] is a combination of a professional thing and personal experience."
After the breakdown of her own marriage, Dib turned an interest into a journey of self-awareness and, subsequently, a profession.
While raising her three children (aged five, eight and nine) Dib worked from home for around nine years with DG Thompson Cost Consultants and Lawyers and, in 2006, began with Dib Lawyers.
While undergoing life coaching herself around three years ago, Dib finalised her divorce only weeks before she was in a car accident which rendered her unfit to work and drive for two months.
"It came to the point [in my marriage] where I'd lost myself and I had to decide whether to stay or to leave and find out who I was," said Dib.
"To me, the accident signified something - almost like a destruction of [my] old world. Through life coaching] I was able to reclaim who I really was and I went, 'Oh my god, I want to do this for somebody else'."
Dib now works one-on-one with people as a relationship and human behaviour specialist and motivational speaker, and is training to speak to groups
She targets professional and successful women, especially in law and financial services firms.
"I do human behaviour profiling with corporations and I assist lawyers with how they can work with each other, in their different personalities," explained Dib.
"The profiling tool that I use works out which people work best together and how they can utilise their strengths between them."
One benefit, Dib said, is "showing partners or management what's going on for a particular lawyer on a professional and personal level" and giving an indication on "how long that lawyer is going to be hanging around [the] firm".
Dib is currently co-authoring her second book on the topic of 'motherless mothers', to be published mid-2012.