As it is portrayed by Eastern tradition, the rat is a good worker.   He is capable and self-confidant.  Cunning and diligent, the rat can be seen moving quickly, darting in and out of tight spaces.   Clever, creative, and adaptable, the rat can stop on a dime and change directions in order to reach his goal.

Energetic, ambitious, honest, charming, quick to anger, stingy, and persevering.