Grit and passion, not grades, drive these entrepreneurs

Dr Fock Ee-Ling (left) and Ms Sabrina Tan dropped out of the rat race to start their businesses.
Dr Fock Ee-Ling (above) and Ms Sabrina Tan dropped out of the rat race to start their businesses.ST PHOTOS: KHALID BABA, DESMOND FOO
Dr Fock Ee-Ling (left) and Ms Sabrina Tan dropped out of the rat race to start their businesses.
Dr Fock Ee-Ling and Ms Sabrina Tan (above) dropped out of the rat race to start their businesses.ST PHOTOS: KHALID BABA, DESMOND FOO

Ms Sabrina Tan, the founder of Skin Inc, which has been described as one of Singapore's most successful skincare firms and is sold in about 200 cities worldwide, was an average student at Gongshang Primary School, scoring around 200 points in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

After getting a Diploma in Business Administration from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the 44-year-old followed that with a degree in economics and business management from the University of London through the Singapore Institute of Management. "I blossomed much later academically," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 09, 2018, with the headline 'Grit and passion, not grades, drive these entrepreneurs'. Print Edition | Subscribe