Inspiration of the 2017 Lunar New Year

Did you know that the Lunar New Year celebration for almost 4 billion Asians is way more significant than the first day of the Gregorian calendar? Did you know that January 28, 2017 marks the beginning of the New Year of the Rooster? Did you know what rooster symbolizes?

The rooster which symbolizes honesty is the 10th among the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig). He is a true friend who has been accompanying Asian farmers for several thousand years. His former role as an “alarm clock” in a traditional agricultural society was greatly appreciated.

Numerous Chinese expressions and proverbs were thus created about the rooster, here is my favourite one: 聞雞起舞 wén jī qǐ wǔ. Translation: Get up and practice the martial art at the first crowing of the rooster. Message: Wake up earlier for a promising future.

Since the rooster is always the first to get up and by his own example inspire others to follow, just like leaders around me; I associate the leadership in addition to the integrity with this New Year of the Rooster.

Even before being able to motivate others with authenticity and integrity, it is essential to be true and fair to yourself. This exercise is vital to excellent communications, great relationships and positive influence.

Take time to be the leader to yourself and leave more room for happiness and creativity, Happy Rooster!

Chia-Yi Tung

Chia-Yi Tung is the founder of Smile with Chia and Orchimedia. Bicultural communicator, she brings Asian wisdom to business leaders and advises companies like Airport of Montreal, Beijing Tourism, Bombardier, Camso, Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil, NBC and Telefilm Canada to grow their international recognition. Les Affaires business journal identifies her one of the top 25 future creators, ELLE Quebec entitles her among the women of the year and YCPA names her the entrepreneur of the year. Born in Taipei, resided in Seattle and lives in Montreal, Chia-Yi speaks fluently Mandarin, English and French.

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