George Tan was born a loser. His coolie father, a gambler and an alcoholic, abused him badly and treated him unfairly. A young George could not understand: Why his brothers wore slippers while he went barefoot? Why they had white socks while he was punished in school for wearing black socks? Why he had to go hungry while others licked ice-cream? Why…

In a neighbourhood ruled by gangsters, George grew up well-acquainted with gambling and the 3V’s: vulgarism, vandalism and violence. But he broke free. From red marks in primary school, George went to university and, at age 27 whilst holding a full-time career, topped his diploma and master’s degree classes with flying colours. He went on to succeed in both career and business.

George’s ascent from the depths of hopelessness leaves a trail of soulprints. His life story – set against major world events that left their imprints on the soul of humanity – is interesting, instructive and inspirational.


"Break Through was particularly moving because of your graphic, brutally honest description of your early life in Singapore. I could not put the book down until I completed the last page."
- Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
- Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports

"You have experienced a lot in a short life. This is a wonderful book of courage, persistence and inspiration that can take your life to new heights."
- Brian Tracy, Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International,
best-selling author of Million Dollar Habits
and international speaker and

"Soulprints I is an inspiring start to your day and life."
- Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
- Past President of the National Speakers Association,
best-selling author of Get What You Want,
   member of the exclusive speaker Hall of Fame 
and top 20 motivational speakers in the world