#32 YI WEI (乙未): THE GIFT OF SHREWDNESS

The Yi Wei (乙未) is akin to a plant growing on dry earth. No, not merely growing, but thriving! Yes, something like a cactus. Hey! Cacti can be pretty too, you know. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!

Maximizing The Yi Wei (乙未): The Gift of Shrewdness

Let’s take a closer look at this unique plant that thrives in the harshest of environments. While all Yi Wood are survivors by nature, the Yi Wei manifests that trait most of all. Its roots run deep, able to tap into and make full use of every scrap of resource. This is where the shrewdness of the Yi Wei comes from. It reflects a person who can dig deep and and make the most of any situation.

Like all Yi Wood Day Masters, the Yi Wei is instinctively a good networker. But the harsh environment in which the cactus grows has taught it to grow thorns as a self-defense mechanism.

What this means is that you, the Yi Wei Day Master, will have the tendency to pick and choose your friends. The Yi Wei is already a natural quick judge of character. Basically, unlike other Yi Wood Day Masters, you’re just not that into needless entanglements and competition. Every person you bring into your personal space, is someone you already deem worthy and capable of helping you attain your goals.

As such, the Yi Wei Day Master can come off as a bit of a loner, someone who prefers independence and solitude. Remember those sharp thorns? In most circumstances, you prefer to develop your own mind and intuition independently from others.

But we’re talking about maximizing the shrewdness of the Yi Wei pillar. Here are xx ways:

  1. Ask open-ended questions that encourage people to reveal more about themselves.
  2. Practice more active listening as opposed to active talking. This should be something that will come easy to the Yi Wei Day Master.
  3. Learn about human cognitive biases – others and your own!
  4. Complement your instinctive ability to judge characters by learning to read body language.
  5. Learn to separate reason from emotion.

The last point of the list above is perhaps the most important for the Yi Wei who needs to learn to control your responses to external circumstances that are out of your control. In other words, learn to tell the difference between what you can and cannot change. You see, for all its stillness, the Yi Wei pillar has a bit of an emotional roller coaster deep inside. Unseen by others, you could easily go from the heights of ecstasy to the depths of despair. The biggest challenge to the Yi Wei is to learn to control this tendency for self-torment.

When that happens, I hope you remind yourself that you have the endurance it takes to persevere through the roughest sandstorms. All you need to do, is to hunker down, conserve your resources and wait for the opportunity to ripen again. After all, a cactus only blooms after the rain.

Where is the Yi Wei (乙未):

Shrewdness Is Not Rudeness: Yi Wei (乙未) in the Year Pillar

Shrewdness has a bad rep in today’s society. It implies dishonesty, cunning or deceit. So let’s give this another name. How about sagaciousness? Or far-sightedness?

When the Yi Wei rules your personal branding pillar (the Year Pillar is how the world sees you, after all), let’s make this reputation for shrewdness work for you.

This is where you display your sharp power of judgement and clever use of resources in a practical manner. Practicality is the keyword here. To create a public persona that is pragmatic with a thorough comprehension of what makes people tick and how the world really works.

Shrewdness At Work: Month Pillar

Because the Yi Wei pillar tends to be a bit of a solitary creature, a business or career that allows a high degree of autonomy works best when the Yi Wei is in the month pillar.

With the Yi Wei in the Month Pillar, the shrewdness of this pillar can best be used to separate the wheat from the chaff – leaving only high quality contacts in your operating network. At the same time, you have the resourcefulness of the Ji Earth at your disposal to always find alternatives and the motivational skills of the Ding Fire to enhance your leadership skills.

Tenacious, not stubborn: Hour Pillar

In the hour pillar, the perseverance, resilience, persistence and sheer perseverance of the Yi Wei creates a tenacious mindset that will drive the Day Master to extraordinary heights. But note, the key word is tenacity, not stubbornness. There is a big difference between the two. Stubbornness is about not wanting to change your position or mind about something. Tenacity is driven by the determination to achieve your goal.

A tenacious mindset can be a valuable factor in your success in life. Determination does not come naturally for some folks. Learning the difference between stubbornness and tenacity and the strengths of the Yi Wei pillar will help you ground your work with purpose and thus, reframe setbacks and find ways to navigate around the roadblocks along the way.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar.

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