Published on May 5th, 2014 | by SayginYalcin


Your Strongest Asset Is Your Mind

Saygin Yalcin in Khaleej Times supplement “It’s My Life” talking about Quantum Physics and other life questions.

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Saygin Yalcin, founder of, muses out loud about quantum physics, good deeds and everything in between.

The number one item on your wish list.


In business, I don’t wish or hope. We set goals and reach them. However, in personal life, I am fascinated by quantum physics — especially the fact that quantum entanglement might allow human teleportation one day; it would be really useful given my busy flight schedule. If science could find a way to engineer negligible senescence to humans, we would have a game-changing moment and all the time in the world to fix problems, which actually brings me to another wish: travelling faster than the speed of light, which would theoretically allow for time travel, if there wasn’t the grandfather paradox — or wait… do we live in parallel universes?!


What good deed are you planning for/think you could do today?


This is part of my daily life. I believe that good deeds are always going to benefit you, no matter whether emotionally, financially, ethically or religiously. It is one of the hidden success factors in life.


I love to identify talent in people and extensively empower these individuals. I spend 40 per cent of my time every day on identifying these personalities and helping them become more successful and feed their families — hundreds of them in the last few years.


If you could be reborn as someone else, who would it be — and why?


Me. I have everything I need.


Your fitness mantra


Stay happy, take hurdles with a smile and und-erstand that the strongest asset you have is your mind. This will ensure your mental fitness. In terms of physical fitness, make sure to exercise regularly, stick to a reasonable schedule, which will not demotivate you over time. I try to go for a run every 48 hours, for 30 minutes.


The first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning.


Every day, I am grateful for being given another day to enjoy life.


The app on your smartphone you click on most often




Your greatest fear.


The shortening of our telomeres with each 


A way in which you are trying to change your life this year.


In personal life, I am very happy with the status quo. In terms of business, I would like to see further exceed its business goals and expand into the entire extended Middle East to continue revolutionising the way consumers are selling their cars.


Favourite movie character of all time — and why.


Dustin Hoffman. Rain Man. He not only played the role perfectly by examining [savant] Kim Peek’s life thoroughly, but also transformed the image of autistic people to a whole new level.


If you could have your pick of superpowers, what would you choose?


Eternal health.


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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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