Happy Chinese New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choi and Kiong Hee Huat Tsai! Today, January 23, 2012, is the first day of the Chinese New Year, which is also the year of the Water Dragon. We can see the lion and the dragon dance on the street bringing good luck and prosperity to every doorstep, especially on business establishments. We can also hear the deafening sound of firecrackers and see the spectacular light display of the fireworks which are believed to drive away bad spirits, negative energy and bad luck. The festival is considered one of the most important events for the Chinese community and culture anywhere in the world. Several countries, aside from China, have also declared this special day a non-working holiday.
Many business owners are hoping to have more money, wealth and fortune for this brand new Chinese Year. Now, the question is… will the year of the Water Dragon bring good luck to your business? Well, I’m not a Feng Shui expert and I’m not even a superstitious person, but I would say that this year can bring not only good luck but also good results to everyone if they would just do the right things. The dragon is the mightiest sign in the Chinese Zodiac sign. Although I don’t believe in superstitious or any zodiac sign, we can still learn lessons from the character of the Water Dragon which we can use to do well and prosper in our small, medium or big companies. The following are 12 business tips we can learn from the Water dragon.
1. Be a leader
Dragons are leaders. To prosper in your business, you should learn how to be an effective leader. Dragons are charismatic leaders. Hence, learn how to capture not only the minds of your people or subordinates, but also their hearts and souls.
2. Be bold, mighty and powerful
Dragons are mighty creatures. They will face any challenges no matter how hard or difficult they are, and they will succeed. If you want to succeed in your business or venture this year, you should learn how to be courageous and how to take risks. You should also learn how to calculate risks and be confident to win like the dragon. Furthermore, have a strong mind and body. Don’t forget your regular workout and your nutritious diet so that you will always be healthy and strong to face any challenges.
3. Be still like water
Water dragons can calm themselves although they are bold and full of energy. This year, you should learn how to control your temper and how to be gentle. Self-control will help you lead your people, as well as lead yourself to your goals.
4. Be deep
Water dragons can dive into the deepest seas and oceans. If you desire for good luck in your business, you should learn how to explore more things. You should not also ignore knowing yourself. Thus, learn how to discover your inner self to find your true purpose in life and in your business. A greater purpose, mission and vision will also bring you to greater accomplishments.
5. Be intelligent
Dragons are not only bold, but they are also tacticians. Therefore, to ensure your success, don’t forget to create a strategic plan for your business. Be smart, wise and prudent. Study your market and your customers. Furthermore, if you have employees, train them well and help them hone their talents and skills – they should also become intelligent. Also, be cautious and find only your compatible business partners.
6. Be creative
Dragons have great imaginations – they are mystical. They create special things for the humankind. That is why if you want to make it big this New Year, think something outside the box. Think of the products and services that can make the people’s lives better.
7. Be passionate
Passion is a common element to any man’s success. Dragons are full of passion and enthusiasm. This is also the reason why they are successful and victorious. Hence, whether what year it is, be passionate and enthusiastic to succeed in your business.
8. Be unique
Water dragons are the most unique zodiac signs. To flourish your business or venture this year and the succeeding years, provide products and services that only you can produce. Be original and distinctive. Don’t be a copycat. Moreover, with the technology that is fast evolving, you should pay a great attention to your business innovation.
9. Be attractive
Dragons are colorful – they are attractive. Therefore, keep all the things in your business attractive. Your trade name, logo, slogan, products, people and everything on your business – make them all appealing. Be beautiful inside and out. In other words, you should also concentrate on your self development to develop desirable personal qualities, such as kindness, friendliness and compassion.
10. Be persistent
Dragons are stubborn. When they want something, they will not stop until they get it. Hence, if you want prosperity and good luck for this year, you should concentrate on what you do and don’t quit. Be persistent and consistent. Stick to your great business and marketing plans.
11. Be balanced
Dragons can fly high and reach the highest skies. They can dive into the deepest seas. They can exhibit their might and power. But one of the most important qualities of the dragons is their ability to harmonize all their great features. Hence, lean how to balance your life and work. Be flexible if you want to prosper, not only in your business, but also in your whole life.
12. Be legendary
Finally, be like the dragons who are legendary creatures. Instead of doing the usual things that most businessmen or entrepreneurs do… try to be extraordinary. Do your best to change the world. Create something great that can be your greatest legacy for the world and for the next generations.
Once again, have a happy and a prosperous Chinese New Year! Just remember that although dragons are said to be the mightiest among the creatures in the Chinese zodiac signs, humans are still the mightiest and most special creatures on Earth. Therefore, don’t forget to be truly humane.