For you in this respect the primary characteristic of the year of the Dog will be the interchanging of ups and downs. However, you must understand that these are relative concepts, and by 'downs' what could be meant is a temporary halting of an important, though not critical, matter. This is precisely why in 2018 you need to stock up on patience and the desire to work as much as is necessary. It's quite possible that you will have to start one and the same project time and time again. If you want to attain a prominent position at the end of the day, you will have to do this in any event. On the other hand, this period won't be all that boring. You'll win more than you'll lose, and your victories could even be epic. In this regard, the most important thing is to eliminate an aspect of selfishness, since narcissism could easily ruin all your plans. So pull yourself together, and be more humble.
Towards the middle of 2018, many fundamental processes concerning your career or business will stabilize, and so you will be able to devote more time to your family and yourself. In this regard it's important not to give into a sudden desire to spend as much as possible. At certain moments you will have to invest funds in new projects, although you might lose track of the difference between necessary expenses and extravagance. Don't disregard the help of colleagues, if such a necessity arises. In any event, it would be better to work as a team now, as this will give you advantages which could become critically important, and if not now, then in the future. The people you can trust deserve special attention now. Help others to move forward, and then they will definitely help you at a certain moment. At the same time, you shouldn't be too thrifty either. Right now, the middle ground would be the ideal strategy for you. Moderate expenditure, proper savings, but the important thing is to move along the predetermined path. Don't let other (less successful) people dissuade you or have some kind of influence on your decision, as this will be a hindrance to you.