Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, officially kicking off the Year of the Monkey. In the Chinese zodiac tradition, each year holds different things in store for different zodiac signs, and there are always some important words of advice for navigating the year ahead. For example, those born in the Year of the Monkey may be advised to prioritize their health, while others might be wise to take more career risks.
Since the idea of each zodiac fortune is to help you work on yourself and make the most of what fate has in store for you, we paired this year’s advice with some inspirational reading. Find your zodiac sign below to see what the Year of the Monkey foretells for you, and what book you should read to better your future!
If you were born in the year of the Rat, this year brings you wealth and wisdom. It’s a good year to seek out a promotion, make that long overdue career change, or commit to buying a house. For a little inspiration, check out Moving the Needle, by Joe Sweeney. It’ll help you make progress wherever you are in life and realize your potential!
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If you were born under the sign of the Cow, this is the year for you to shine and show off your talents. Put yourself out there and don’t be too conservative professionally, socially, and romantically. Need a little push? Try reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.
Tigers might want to show a little caution and patience in the year of the Monkey. This is the year to learn from past mistakes, to stay calm in interpersonal disputes, and closely examine major life changes. Tigers might want to comb through Mistakes I Made at Work, by Jessica Bacal, to see how past failures can pave the way to future success.
Rabbits will see their popularity soar as the year of the Monkey enhances their interpersonal relationships. They’ll start to gain recognition in their work life, which may pay off financially, and they’ll find themselves lucky in love. Make the most of your meteoric rise in popularity by perusing Never Eat Alone, by Keith Farrazzi.
Dragons have a hectic year ahead of them, with many challenges and opportunities for growth. Your social life will be brimming with opportunities to meet new people, including potential romantic partners. Unfortunately, the Year of the Monkey doesn’t leave you with much down time and you’ll have to manage your time wisely. If you need a little help, take a page out of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam.
If you’re born in the year of the Snake, you’ll be in great physical health this year, but you might encounter some tumultuous times in the area of career and finances. The important thing is to stay calm, don’t overexert yourself, and rely on your intuition when making major decisions. Tap into your innermost thought processes with Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell.
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The Year of the Monkey brings a year of hard work to those born the year of the Horse. The good news is that all the hard work you put in will eventually pay off. If you need a reminder that every step counts and your daily routines have a end reward, sit down with a copy of The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.
Those born under the sign of the Sheep are going see a lot of confusing changes in their lives this year. Good things will come if you make an effort, but keep your emotions in check and be careful what you say in the heat of the moment. Happy is the New Healthy, by Dave Romanelli, may be just the book you need for any stressed out moments you encounter this year.
Monkeys need to take care in the year of the Monkey, because it’s a year of big potential, big changes, and big competition. Watch out for your competitors and make an effort to get along with coworkers, and you’ll make tons of progress towards your goals. To win over the competition, learn from the classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.
Those born in the year of the Rooster are going to have to think twice about everything people tell them. You’re going to feel pressure from various people in your life, so you’ll need to figure out who is worth listening to and who isn’t. When the noise from the peanut gallery gets to be too much, laugh it off with The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, by Sarah Knight
For those born under the Dog sign, the Year of the Monkey will be a time for creative endeavors in every area of your life. This is also a year to be confident and persevere in the face of challenges. When the going gets tough, read How to Fly a Horse, by Kevin Ashton, to remind yourself that sparks of creative genius still take a lot of work to bear fruit.
If your Chinese zodiac sign is the Pig, you’ll find that the Year of the Monkey brings you the freedom to do what you want and realize your ambition. Nonetheless, make an extra effort to cooperate with others because you’ll go farther with their cooperation and support. Prepare for any awkward social situation with the hilariously entertaining Works Well with Others, by Ross McCammon.