Although some past lessons might have been very painful, you will make sure in the year ahead that you begin to profit from them. Doing so will put you miles ahead of your colleagues.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You're likely to get an opportunity to show someone important that you're willing to stand behind him or her even if others aren't. Don't miss this boat.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Unless you are extremely prudent, it's not likely to be one of your better days for buying or selling anything, mostly because you'll be indifferent to the outcome.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- If you hope to win the confidence and respect of your friends, you'll need to have the courage to speak out for the things you believe in. However, do so in a respectful manner.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Be careful about usurping an associate's ideas. Chances are you could easily miss the most important point and lose the message in the translation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- There is a strong chance that something that looks good on paper might not work too well in reality. Before getting too deeply involved, study the matter much more carefully.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You'll encounter far less opposition if you do what needs to be done without calling any attention to yourself. It's OK to aim high, but do so behind closed doors or in the shadows.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- If an old, trusted friend tells you something in confidence that he or she doesn't want revealed to others, make sure this person's trust is justified -- abide by his or her wishes.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Falling short of your mark might be traceable to your methods and not to the nature of the project itself. Working hard is part of the solution, but you must be smart as well.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Wishful thinking will lead to repeating an old mistake, even if you know better. It's foolish to believe that doing the same thing could lead to a totally different conclusion.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Certain things you should be taking care of personally you might unwisely delegate to others. Unfortunately, no matter how hard they try, their performance won't be up to your standards.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- When negotiating an important agreement, know what you're getting into and be mindful of the small details, especially if you know that you'll be held to exacting terms.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Unless you plan very carefully, you may have little to show for your effort, regardless of how hard you work. You wouldn't plan to build a bridge without a blueprint, would you?