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CareersThe Year of the Snake begins today, and according to the Chinese, all things are possible this year. While the Year of the Dragon last year urged you to pursue your dreams, the Year of the Snake encourages you to take the necessary measures to keep those dreams alive. The Snake symbolically releases the past, shedding its old skin to emerge anew.

Money, money, money… The Year of the Snake heralds money, prosperity and opportunity, with enterprises flourishing and commercial ventures marked for success.
Self-employment and entrepreneurial pursuits have very strong potential in the Year of the Snake.

Strategic planning. If you want to see results, it is crucial to have targets or goals in place. Have a clear vision and invest time in planning and strategy. Keep an open mind, go with the flow and be flexible. Calculated risks and tactical compromises will work in your favour.

Keep a balance. This year is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Since delusion and deception are common traits of the snake, it is advisable to stay alert and focused and apply discipline. This is the year to make headway in slow and methodical ways by planning everything beforehand and evaluating adequately before taking action. In other words, phases of creativity and progress should be interspersed with bouts of evaluation and revision.

Avoid extremes. The Year of the Snake is one of the most opportune times for both personal and business finance. This is a time to beware of speculative ventures and impulse spending. Caution and restraint should be exercised but do not err on the side of caution. Avoid major risks, but also exercise financial discipline, as the Snake isn’t comfortable with extremes.

Look before you leap. To make money in the Year of the Snake, explore your options but don’t ignore the fine print. Think before acting, and learn by doing. It is imperative to guard against complacency and indifference, as they tend to creep in when the odds are in your favour.

– Fauzia Kerai Khan
The writer is Chief Consultant, i&b Consulting, Training, eLearning. fauzia@iandbconsulting.com.

First published in the Careers Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 10, 2013.