The Chopstick Principles

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A few principles of using chopsticks that also apply to many other things in life and business

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  • Lovely. Must try it sometime. Always felt intimidated by the technique.
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The Chopstick Principles

  1. How to Use Chopsticks A strategic approach by Shimon Shmueli © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  2. association: efficiency © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  3. association: balance © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  4. “The honorable and upright man keeps well away from both the slaughterhouse and the kitchen. And he allows no knives on his table.” 孔夫子 Confucius © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  5. Just like with other utensils, after you use chopsticks for a while they become like an extension of your body and you don’t need to be aware of them or think about how you use them. However, using chopsticks is a delicate task, and after using them long enough you also forget the intuitive strategies you were using initially. Here is just a short reminder of those strategies that you may find useful for other areas of your life. © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  6. Base: Hold the chopsticks so that one of them is a base (relatively static and quite firm) while the other one is dynamic and flexible as needed © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  7. Targeting: Take advantage of the shape and texture of the food (and you will be able to do some heavy lifting) © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  8. Alignment: Align the tips of the chopsticks and then align them on both sides of the food © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  9. Balance: Balance the chopsticks in your hands and then hold the food close to its center of gravity © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  10. Sensitivity: Apply the right amount of force (too much force is not sustainable and causes instabilities). You may want to set an initial force and then gradually increase it until you feel it is sufficient. © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  11. Lift it! © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  12. Shimon Shmueli shimon@touch360.com © 2006 Touch360, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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