Published on April 20th, 2018 | by SayginYalcin


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,, 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, he is a partner at, 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


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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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