Published on September 7th, 2013 | by SayginYalcin


The only thing you will ever need to succeed

Over the past decades of my life, I have met thousands of different people, hundreds of different characters, tens of different cultures and nationalities, but only 2 different mindsets, when it comes to success, defined as reaching clearly defined, significantly impressive goals: One mindset that leads to success, the other one that doesn’t.


With 14 years I accepted my first jobs distributing flyers and counting inventory for two supermarket chains in Germany. I miserably failed and got fired within a short period of time. I have then applied as a cashier at Burger King and was rejected.


A year later I was fascinated by the entertainment industry, especially in the area of event management and ticketing. The sole idea of being able to attract thousands of people to my own event was fuel for my ambition.


I collected every single piece of information I could get. I literally had 2000 physical flyers of different events in my little room, memorizing every single name on the credits.


I understood that building a network is key, but starts with researching leaders within the industry. 1 year later, I knew everyone. I now felt confident enough to organize my own events and started by inviting my circle – those leaders, which I specifically knew will make my events succeed. And it worked.

Starting over

I finished high school and moved to New York to expand my circle. I started from scratch again. Went to a language school to improve my English, while I researched industry leaders and collected flyers.

Opportunity exploitation

I figured that there was an opportunity for foreigners like me. The majority of event managers in New York were advertising within their circles, however I have seen that 600 of my fellow students had no clue about events in the city, as they just arrived and couldn’t even speak English properly. It was my time to approach the industry leaders. I had something they needed. I had 600 followers, if they gave me a foreign students deal on the tickets. It worked! The biggest event location in New York City was my new home. I won the bid as I had most weekly followers.


I came back to Germany to enroll for university, actually searching for the right major to study. My mother is a lawyer, my father is a doctor. I thought I should study something “solid” like they did.

My father gave me one advice: “Study something you are passionate about. We as a family will always stand behind you. This will make you succeed and strong.”

This sounded so standard for me back then. I didn’t even realize its importance. I chose medicine, more specifically; I wanted to become an aesthetic plastic surgeon. It promised a lot of money and was glamorous. I researched again. Talked to industry leaders. They disagreed. I ignored. I applied for an obligatory, unpaid nursing job in the central hospital. I got accepted and miserably failed. It was a lie. It wasn’t my purpose. It was just a role.

I started over and applied for the most prestigious private business school in Germany. I was obsessed with getting accepted. I researched, prepared and passed all admission tests. I never would have settled for second best.

My mind-set was changed.

My father’s words were always in my head.

–       It made me a leader.

–       It allowed me to go all-in.

–       It made me independent.

–       It made me confident.

–       It was and still is a value-driven strength, which no one can take away.

I have started many companies with this mind-set and it is our mind-set, which sets our companies apart. It is your responsibility to awaken this mind-set in your children, your little brothers and sisters, in your employees and friends. It will make them leaders and succeed.

Remember, it takes a leader to create leaders.

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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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