Published on May 23rd, 2023 | by SayginYalcin


Personal and Professional Development Influencers to Follow

Becoming the best version of yourself can be a lifelong journey—one that requires time, patience and a willingness to grow and change. And it can start on Instagram.

No, really: Many of the top minds in personal and professional development can be found on multiple social media platforms, where they share their hard-earned wisdom and experiences with their millions of followers. It’s like having a professional conference in your pocket every day, complete with keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and seminars from leading experts.

Want to know who to follow? We’ve rounded up 25 of the best personal and professional development influencers—some household names and some rising stars—so you can start scrolling and liking with a purpose.

Saygin Yalcin

Instagram: @sayginyalcin (1.1m followers)

Twitter: @SayginYalcin (89.4K followers)

YouTube: @sayginyalcin (1.04M subscribers)

Saygin Yalcin, the Dubai-based founder and CEO of, Carnab and Kayishha, is among the most influential entrepreneurs in the Middle East. His advice is always practical and levelheaded, and despite his success, he’s incredibly down to earth. Plus, he’s just so darn likable—it’s not uncommon to see his followers posting comments praising him.

Source: Success, by Em Cassel

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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