Chinese New Year celebrates creative ambitious leaders

    - Manchu WOK offers tips to think like a Rat -

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Are you loyal and passionate? Do you love a good
adventure and like to take charge? Then you may be a Rat and starting on
February 7, this is your year! Ironically, you need to behave like a rat to
escape life's rat race and reach true success, according to Manchu WOK.
    "Rats are ingenious, exciting creatures," said Ernest Lam, Vice President
of Operations. "In the Chinese zodiac, rats are savvy entrepreneurs who take
calculated chances; they try things and are adventurous about everything from
business to new foods. For this reason, they are natural born leaders."
    Chinese New Year is a time that many Chinese people stop to consider what
the incoming year will bring. Manchu WOK believes that anyone, especially
those in business, can learn from the Rat and offer a few tips on how to think
like one:

    Break away from the pack: Rats are leaders and pioneers. They look for
new ways to reach goals. To be the first to the cheese, you have to think out
of the box.

    Don't stop if you hit a brick wall: Rats are ambitious and passionate.
Nothing, not even traps or complicated mazes, get in their way of reaching
their goal. Find your passion in business, or with a cause. Then, go for it.

    Be versatile: Rats are hard workers. Constantly running around leading
projects and creating new ideas, they nibble their way into new enticing
undertakings creating added business opportunities. Be flexible. You never
know where an open mind can take you.

    Famous Rats:
    -   Mozart, William Shakespeare, President George Washington
    -   Winston Churchill, Claude Monet
    -   Prince Charles, Hugh Grant, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Diaz
    -   Antonio Banderas, Sean Penn, Hugh Grant and Ben Affleck

    Famous Recipes: Even rats take a break from the rat race to enjoy good
food. Chicken in Chinese culture represents prosperity and is popular at
Chinese New Year, symbolizing a good marriage and the coming together of
families. For a decadent chicken recipe, visit

    Manchu WOK is North America's largest Chinese Food Franchise. It was
started in Peterborough, Ontario in 1980 and currently serves over 27 million
meals a year at over 200 locations in North America. The expanding and
evolving menu includes Cantonese, Szechwan, Hunan and Mandarin cuisine.

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