How You Ruin Your Life Based On Your Chinese Zodiac

God & Man


2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

You ruin your life by playing it too safe.

The rat tends to fall very quickly into routine and needing structure. They don’t push themselves outside of their comfort zone because they enjoy security. While they are coy, skillful and quick on their feet, they always make really logical choices rather than doing anything impulsive. They might dream of just getting up and leaving they need someone who will push them to.


2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961

You ruin your life by not communicating well.

The ox is very stubborn and likes to do things according to their own agenda and their own plan. They have a tough time letting people in on their plans. This is tough for them in business because the simple task of planning and letting others in of what’s going on becomes a struggle to them. Natural leaders, they like handling things themselves but they’ll never ask for help.


2010 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962

You ruin your life by being too stubborn

The tiger is one of the most stubborn, pompous and arrogant signs there is. While their cockiness is something people admire sometimes their inability to ever admit to being wrong burns a lot of bridges. Swallowing their pride and saying sorry is one of the toughest things for them.


2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963

You ruin your life by failing to live in reality.

Rather than looking at who people are you judge them by who you want them to be. You give too many chances because you want to believe the good in everyone. But sometimes the best thing to do isn’t to hope but rather take everyone and everything in your life for what it is.


2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964

You ruin your life by not controlling your emotions.

The dragon has a pretty bad temper and even worse and inability to control it. This often leads to words they regret and hurting people who painfully deal with the wrath. Word though can only be forgiven after said not forgotten.


2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965

You ruin your life by thinking you’re better off alone.

Snakes have the tendency to travel alone. They regain energy by doing something for themselves, not including anyone. They are one of the hardest signs to get to fall in love with you because they push people away when they get too close. Guarded and behind many high walls, it takes someone with patience and persistence to get through to them.


2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966

You ruin your life being selfish.

It’s important to make yourself a priority. It’s important to give people your time and attention though without strings attached. Relationships are important. The relationships you establish aren’t just for pushing you forward to get somewhere. If you use people like that when you fall behind or something goes wrong, what people will remember about you is you were only around when you needed something.


2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967

You ruin your life by not being able to be alone.

Some people thrive in groups and relationships. But when you rely on people too much and don’t know how to stand on your own or enjoy your own company, you realize you value your worth based on others and how they perceive you rather than how you perceive yourself.


2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968

You ruin your life by not thinking about other people’s feelings.

A monkey is very good at apologizing after the fact. Even though they know what might be the right thing to do if it doesn’t align with what they want they might make the wrong choice.


2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

You ruin your life by allowing negativity dictate your life.

Roosters aren’t the luckiest of signs. In fact, anything that can go wrong usually does with this type. And it’s easy to see that and suddenly allow negativity into your life but what you fail to realize is everything that happens in your life is a reflection of the things you attract. And if you respond badly to things more of that will happen.


2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

You ruin your life by being loyal to the wrong people.

Dogs are the most loyal sign. They have the best intentions and treat everyone really well. But the problem occurs when their loyalty is to someone who isn’t worthy of it. They end up getting used and taken advantage of and hurt. It’s hard for some people who have good intentions realize not everyone is like that.


2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

You ruin your life by giving people too many chances to hurt you.

Pigs are naturally generous and kind. They treat people how they would like to be treated and always look for the best in every situation. They give chances until people prove them right. They get burnt more than any sign being like this and it’s by the same people. They know what’s best but they choose to do the opposite and they can’t blame anyone but themselves. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

Writer living in Hoboken, NJ with my 2 dogs.

Keep up with Kirsten on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and

More From Thought Catalog