Chinese New Year is here, so what does that mean for you and your business?
In Chinese astrology 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse. According to ancient wisdom, the horse is said to be independent, motivated and a born leader – qualities that every entrepreneur needs.
The qualities of Wood, meanwhile, are patience and slow growth, which make for a great business model – try not to pull yourself in too many directions with various projects or attempt ‘quick fixes’.
Travel, fitness, the outdoors and social life are all things which will thrive in the Year of the Horse. Check out your individual sign for more inspiration…
Birth years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Horses are independent by nature, which makes them great leaders and movers in the business world. However, letting yourself be involved with team work is a great way to yield even better results. Stay open minded.
This is not a favourable year for risks for Horses. Don’t take any gambles with your business, opt for the slow and steady route. Big wins won’t be forthcoming this year, so value what you can get.
For horses this is also a bad year for switching careers; always have a backup plan in your pocket. Stay the course, even if it feels difficult, and you’ll reap the rewards.
Birth years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Goats are looking to have a very favourable year. You will feel on top of the world and like the stars are aligning for you.
This is the year to implement those plans you’ve had buzzing around in the back of your brain. Embrace your creative side and start that business idea, or implement that new project. Risk should be your friend this year, as luck is on your side.
2014 is about riding that wave of success and having fun!
Birth years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Snakes can fall into a habit of over-analysing this year. Their desire to make everything perfect can be their undoing. Let go and move out of that introverted space.
Use your resourcefulness and intelligence to take the initiative and get things done. Achieve that, and it looks to be a successful year for the snake.
Just remember that sometimes your instinct speaks louder than Google Analytics.
Birth years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
A Dragon’s strength lies in their power. Although Dragons may feel like their attention spans are shorter than normal, now is the time to knuckle down and work hard.
Dragons will have lots of projects going on this year, and may feel pulled in several directions. However, Dragons are notoriously independent creatures, who loathe being ordered around, so they work best when pursuing their passions. Although they love wealth, it is not usually a Dragon’s main aim. Go with the projects which speak to you most strongly.
As naturally charismatic creatures, Dragons should look to their social life to improve business this year. Parties, networking events, business lunches and conferences will all be instrumental for making this a Dragon’s year.
Birth years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
The horse is known for his practicality and speed, two strengths the rabbit can draw on in 2014.
It’s time to forget being timid and strike out with your own ideas. To rabbits, these come as naturally as breathing, although they can be shy about voicing them. But beware; don’t let that creative force carry you so high you crash and set yourself impossible goals. Think things through and make a plan of how to sell your ideas.
For rabbits, this is a great year to leave the burrow and get their own projects going.
Birth years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tigers can dream big this year. They’ll be on fire and unstoppable with their business objectives, ready to take down anything and anyone which stands in their way. They have energy and stamina in spades, and that can be applied to climbing the corporate ladder or starting their own enterprise.
Tigers are also avid multi-taskers, able to handle a variety of projects with skill and ease, and 2014 is a year for them to burn bright.
Birth years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Things will get shaken up for the Ox in business this year. While these beasts tend to plod along and make each decision carefully, thinking on your feet will become a necessity. This, along with upping your sense of self-esteem and personal confidence, is key to achieving your business targets in 2014.
When you find something you really want, speak out and ask for it. Develop some serious backbone with which to fend off the competition. Be sure to clarify your goals, then begin working towards them, even if they seem life-altering.
Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Rats, by nature, tend to have their own personal style. In business, this translates as a highly unique way of working and operating, which is not always understood by those who have to work alongside them. They are also notorious perfectionists when it comes to their projects.
Their boredom threshold is very low, and this year, rats may find themselves hankering for a career change. As beings who tend to live in the moment, rats of 2014 need to take a step back and think long-term.
This will be a year of good ideas for the rat, but keeping records and staying on the steady path, although it goes against a rat’s nature, is the best plan for them.
Birth years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Pigs are usually affable, charming and easy-going. However, this should be the year you take control. Whether it’s through your own business or in the boardrooms and meetings of your current job, this is your year to grow and stop letting others take credit for your hard work.
Sweet and charming may be your nature, but business is business, and you deserve to be recognised as the rising star that you are.
The year’s energy will be in your favour when it comes to commerce, so let your ideas flow. Don’t look for shortcuts or sweeping changes – slow and steady will win this race.
Birth years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
For dogs, the sky is the limit this year. Ask yourself what you have always wanted to accomplish in your life, and start making plans for it to happen. Analyse where you have felt stuck or stagnant before in business or career, then think what you can do to work better.
Striking out on your own is a great idea this year. The timing will feel right and not letting self-doubt set in should be one of your biggest priorities. As a dog, your primary assets are your loyalty, good sense and friendly nature. Apply them now and don’t be afraid to dream big.
Birth years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Roosters are proud and sometimes boastful by nature, which means they can often move into areas simply out of pride or curiosity. In business this year, ask yourself where your primary strengths lie and follow through.
Roosters will often specialise in genres which others cannot, but you need to identify your preferences instead of going where you feel dictated to go by outside influences. The bottom line is to find what makes you satisfied in terms of work and career. Naturally this involves taking some risks, but your life will be much more fulfilling after you do.
For 2014, work on learning to be more malleable and trusting your instincts.
Birth years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Those born under the sign of the monkey are natural inventors and boundary pushers, yet in these tough economic times people may not appreciate all your ideas as much as you do.
The biggest enemy to monkeys is often patience, as they like to move at a very fast pace – a great asset to have in 2014. Learning to live with setbacks and life lessons is something you will encounter this year, but your naturally upbeat personality will see you through. Just remember that not everyone is as quick to laugh as a monkey.
In terms of career progression, it’s important to show the bosses that you aren’t just a one-trick horse this year, and that your mind is flexible and supple enough to shine in several directions. While proving this may go against your nature and certain instances leave you feeling bored and restless, just remember that you are playing a long game.