Published on April 20th, 2018 | by SayginYalcin0
Planning Is Key
All overachievers have probably had this problem at some point
Founder and CEO of the Middle East’s online car buying service, Sellanycar.com, Saygin Yalcin is not a fan of perfection either – and for good reason. “I think being perfect is the worst thing that an entrepreneur can do,” he says during a brief phone conversation. “It takes an infinite amount of time to do anything perfect. It leads to overthinking and not doing. If an entrepreneur tried to make everything perfect, nothing will ever get done.”
And Saygin’s credentials are proof that he knows how to get things done. He may be in his early 30s, but he is widely hailed as one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Apart from being the founder of Sellanycar.com, he is a partner at Souq.com, which was acquired by Amazon for $650 million last year. And when he’s not busy managing the e-commerce companies, he’s managing his YouTube channel that has over 664k followers. So, how does this overachiever balance his different roles and responsibilities without burning out?
“I used to get stressed out for the simplest things when I first started,” says Saygin, who was in charge of a team of around 100 people when he was only 24. “I lost hair and weight. I stopped sleeping. These things happen. But over time, you notice that there are certain patterns and that you can’t plan everything. Instead, you have to learn to react accordingly.”
Reacting accordingly, in his case, meant putting together certain routines – and good teams – to help him maintain a high standard of performance without taking in too much stress. Today, he has business managers and personal managers. He handles big tasks by splitting them into smaller, actionable tasks that have to be maintained every day and so a schedule is created in such a way that every five minutes are accounted for. It all sounds rather daunting, but Saygin is used to the schedule.
“Stress is just a situation you’re in when you haven’t planned things right,” he explains. “But don’t let it get to you. Work on the solution rather than the problem and the stress will disappear.”
Source: Khaleej Times