Lunar New Year starts on February 16 this year—it’s the biggest holiday in China and is celebrated for more than two weeks across Asia. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the year of the dog. People born in the year of dog are said to be loyal, amiable and sensible.
The holiday is also known as the Spring Festival. It marks the end of the coldest days of the season and signals the dawning of a new cycle of renewal. This is a time where millions of people are preparing for new beginnings and fresh starts. For families, part of the ritual before the New Year is to thoroughly clean the house and sweep the dust away, letting go of unneeded things. For businesses, it’s time to try to clear the books, reconcile all accounts and debts with suppliers and vendors. Many business partners meet around this time to settle any outstanding issues and clean the slate.
We talked with entrepreneurs and business leaders from some of our most popular stories about what advice they would give to other entrepreneurs and young professionals to achieve success in the New Year.
“There is nothing more important than intention, purpose and relationships in creating a successful new business. Entrepreneurs are known for their ability to take risks—with intention and purpose, you can envision and create your success. Your strong relationships will be there to back you up, mitigate risk, and ensure long term success.”
"Plan your steps carefully. Then march with confidence.”
“Be persistent when you run into difficulties. Giving up is the easiest decision, to erase some pain at the moment, but sticking through it really pays off. Don’t make any emotional decisions at the moment. Let it sit and simmer a little bit. Sometimes time can really change how you see it.”
“The most important thing is how you interact with clients—my advice is to personalize, localize, and expand your communications.”