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Ashley Low: Grit, Hard Work and Surviving Abusive Relationship with Ex-Boyfriend Catalysed Success of her Baby Photography Business

“During those two years, he was sober for only six months. Yet everyday, being sober was a mental battle for him, and I wasn’t aware of it. Whenever he was on edge and I triggered him, it took everything within him to restrain himself from drinking his problems away.”

Peter Pela of The Royal Albatross: Leaving the World of IT to be the Captain of His Own Ship

Humans of Sentosa | “My passion’s always been water, whether it’s fishing, diving, sailing. I travelled a lot at the time and was looking for a yacht anyway. And in my searches, I came across a ship in Chicago, and  I thought, ‘Wow, she looks magnificent!'”

Maddy Barber: DJ Leaves Behind World of Radio After 25 years to Focus on Her Family, Passion for Jewellery and Self

“Radio gave me my calling, that I should spread joy and laughter wherever I go, and to make a difference, one life a day. And that’s exactly our philosophy at MADLY Gems – to spread joy and beauty and make a difference in a person’s life, one bespoke piece at a time.”

Jeremy Foo: Heartbreaking Death of Unborn Son Inspired Name and Rebirth of His Business

“I knew that if I had shut down the business, there would be nothing left except to look back in regret. I would forever link the business to the death of my son. That cannot be the case. That cannot be the way I remember my son.”

From SEGA to VALORANT: How Two Singaporeans Turned a Gaming Passion Into a Thriving Esports Startup

“So if you have the option of pursuing your true passion instead of ‘taking the easy way out’, I highly recommend you do so. It may be scary, and it may not be the thing that pays your bills initially, but believe me, when you follow something you’re passionate about, the money arrives in one way or another.”

Detrack: From Struggling Students to Millionaire Business Owners, Husband and Wife Look Beyond Grades When Hiring

“So to all the aspiring dreamers out there, just believe in yourself. There will be external forces saying you’re no good or that you’re lousy, but if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. And if you want to achieve anything in life, you have to fight for it.”

Trinh Tran Chau: Once a Workaholic, She’s Now a Business and Life Strategist After Mother’s Passing

“I’ve been a workaholic my whole life. For someone who’s been working the way I have for the past 16 years, it’s a bit hard to adjust, right? I just love working. But I also realise there is more to life. I should enjoy myself more and take care of the people around me.”

Aylwin Aaron: From Daunting Hardships to Successful Sports Massage Therapist in Singapore

“I started in sports therapy earning less than $50 a month. I was exploited and went through depression and faced so many challenges…but I have a successful career now and I go to work happy to see my clients and loving what I do.”

Duncan Robertson: From Large Multinational to Local Start-up

“Find a business with a mission for the future that you can get behind. In a small business there are going to be lots of challenges and having a guiding star is key to keeping motivated and hungry.”

Marc Giovannini: Tech Entrepreneur in Singapore Changes Retail Experience Through Augmented Reality

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “In these past two years, I’ve had days where I genuinely thought ‘this is the end’. But what I’ve learnt is that being an entrepreneur requires persistence, resilience and never giving up. You learn to cope. You have to.”

Jaap Frolich: Father and Entrepreneur in Singapore Creates Family5 App to Help Parents

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “Starting a start-up is a long ride with a lot of ups and downs. It’s a grind. If you do this just to become rich, you will probably give up at some point. You need to be a maker and enjoy building new things.”

Gaurav Joshi: The Entrepreneur on Changing Singapore’s Co-Working Space Industry

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “My vision when we started workbuddy was to tell people that you don’t have to work at the same location everyday.”

Jumaiyah: Halalfoodhunt Founder on Juggling Motherhood and Business

“What keeps me going is the love for our community. It makes me happy when I’m able to help a person find halal versions of foods they love. At the end of the day, eating is an activity that brings people together. It seems so simple but it means so much to us…”

8 Home Businesses That Were Started During Singapore’s Circuit Breaker

In celebration of Singapore’s resilient spirit, Arman Shah highlights home businesses that popped up during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic.

Afiqah: Finding Her Strength Through Surviving Heart Surgery and Cancer at a Young Age

“If I have any message of hope, it’s that cancer is not a death sentence. You have to stay strong and fight. Through overcoming heart surgery and cancer, I grew stronger than ever. You have to believe that there is life after cancer.”

Diviya: The Only Girl to Play in the Men’s League Opens a Cricket Academy in Singapore

I’ve learnt to keep working hard, have faith and trust the process. Whether it’s sports or business, believing in ourselves and our journey will help us achieve our goals.

Wan: Leaving the High-End Salon Life to Work Alongside People from Different Backgrounds at ThugLife Barbershop

I named it ThugLife because a handful of the guys I hired had served time before. They wanted to walk down a different path in life, and since they had the talent and right attitude, I invited them to come on board to be part of my dream team.

Liyana Dhamirah: A Once Homeless Mother Rebuilds Her Life from Rock Bottom

Looking back upon my life, what I’ve really learnt is the importance of resilience; persist no matter what. I always ask my kids, ‘Do you remember what we went through? Never forget that. Because that period made you so much stronger.’

Humans of ISCOS: Ruby 

I think the greatest joy of what I do is making a positive impact on someone’s life. Education can really improve someone’s life for the better. When a person is better educated, s/he will be able to contribute meaningfully to society and pay it forward to the rest of the community, as was the case for me.

Word on the Street: Fariqqin (Creator of Do Not Clique Podcast)

I know there are many influencers out there with very large followings because of their good looks, but it’s very important for me to interview guests who actually have something meaningful to offer. They must be recognised for their talents and passion for their craft…

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