Published on September 17th, 2016 | by SayginYalcin


MojehMen: How to be successful

Business Tips: How To Be Successful – Part 7

Saygin Yalcin, CEO of, gives us his secrets to business success.
Type ‘How to be successful in business’ into Google and you’re faced with more than 700 million results.

It’s a question on everyone’s lips, from the young and hungry entrepreneur looking to make his way in the world, to the wily old businessman seeking an edge in a rapidly developing industry.

Of course, the definitive answer to this all-encompassing question can’t be found in any business manual, magazine or website, but what we at MOJEHMEN can give you is exclusive access to some of the brightest business brains in the region.

For this edition, Saygin Yalcin, CEO of the Middle East’s first and largest car buying service,, tells us why he hates sleep, values confidence and, above all, thinks that anything is possible.

Sleepless nights

My biggest time-waster is sleep. I don’t like the concept of sleeping, so I try to minimise it, but fail due to natural reasons. If you think about the fact that a smartphone needs one hour to recharge and work through 23 hours and our bodies need seven hours to work 17 hours consciously, I am quite disappointed by our progress.

No rest for the wicked

My days are usually quite busy. I often have numerous meetings to attend, hundreds of messages to deal with and I travel frequently. For each day I make sure that I have specifically planned accomplishments.

Built for success

Over the past decades of my life, throughout my career, I have met thousands of different people, hundreds of different characters, tens of different cultures and nationalities, but only two different mindsets; one mindset that leads to success, the other one that doesn’t. It really boils down to a value-driven mindset of confidence and execution.


Making dreams come alive

I am a course lecturer and I feel that the challenge goes some way to creating an environment that fosters a can-do culture and a belief that business and entrepreneurship is not something that one is born with, but can be learnt. A lot of my students are entrepreneurial and I try to awaken that entrepreneurship. I am just trying to show them how to make those dreams come alive.

Anything is possible

The world is full of opportunities to change even the most deeply rooted convictions we might have. Think of quantum mechanics, for example: when this was discovered a century ago, the status quo was disrupted and classical physics was not the only game in town anymore. Particles started behaving like waves, being in super positions, and conscious observations had an influence over reality. Common sense was suddenly not applicable anymore. This is just like entrepreneurship – nothing is impossible. If the behaviour of a tiny subatomic particle can change our world, then we can too. With this mind-set, it allowed all our initially small teams to become leaders of markets that were traditionally led by huge incumbents.

Embrace every opportunity

If there’s one thing a businessman should never do, it is overstep the line of ethics. My advice to young entrepreneurs is to surround yourself with intelligent, ethical and ambitious people. Go out there and embrace every opportunity. You only need to hit once, but can fail many times.

Source: MojehMen

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About the Author

Saygin is the Founder & CEO of the Middle East's (ME) first & largest car buying service, and Founder of the first & largest online private shopping club in the ME,, which has been acquired by, making him Partner at the and Jabbar Internet Group, becoming the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world, with 3000+ employees. In its largest acquisition outside the US to date, has acquired Group. He has been selected as a UBS Industry Leader, a network of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals. He was also Advisory Board Member & Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Canadian University of Dubai. He was referred to as "the region's online business guru" by the National newspaper in the UAE, while Arabian Business named him as "one of the region's finest young entrepreneurs and a major part of the entrepreneurial scene in recent years". Fortune magazine (mag) named him in the 40 under 40 list, as one of the most influential young people in business, Entrepreneur mag ME awarded, with Saygin at its helm, as the "Fastest Growing Company in the ME", while the National newspaper sees it among a handful of tech companies to "have the potential to break the $1bn barrier". In a cover story, Entrepreneur mag ME titled him as "undoubtedly one of the youngest & most successful internet entrepreneurs in the ME”, awarded as "Technology Innovator of the Year”, while Khaleej Times awarded him as the Technology Leader. Gulf Business selected him as 1 of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in ME. In a cover story, Arabian Business counts him as 1 of the most successful entrepreneurs to call Dubai home. During the World Government Summit, HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Minister of Interior of the UAE, presented Saygin as an inspiring story for the country, in the presence of world leaders, incl. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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