We are more than thrilled to share with you the new JA Alumni Europe series called Folkways. Twice a month we're going to plan a virtual getaway for you. The first trip we took was to Albania. Thanks to Fjona, the President of JA Alumni Albania, we got to see the capital Tirana as never before. Let's get inspired not only by the cultural vlog but also by Fjona's reflection on "What makes a person successful" below.

Fjona, what do you think makes a person successful?
 "Why am I not successful as other people and feel as if I have missed something important that prevents me from triumph?" That is the question that always pops in most people's minds. It is hard to create a formula toward success but all I can say from the perspective of my relatively short life is that what causes success are attitude, personality, and ability to plan.
If one thinks positively and works hard to meet their full potential, the chances of them reaching success are much greater. Some people tend to give up when their first experience is a setback. However, for those who have a solid mind to persist until the end are more likely to achieve their goals. Looking at problems as a blessing in disguise is another sort of positive attitude. There are always two sides to things. One may see that in a negative way, but another may think positively. Without a doubt, Perspectives affect how people react to the situation. Thinking negatively limits opportunities to succeed, not to mention it is discouraging.
Be dedicated to every single goal and reaching the majority of them will make the chance of success even greater. Personality is what makes us stand out. There are always countless temptations along the way to succeed. Nevertheless, self-disciplined people do not let the temptations prevent them from achieving their goals. Furthermore, open-mindedness is a key trait too. Open-minded people show receptiveness to new and different ideas, opinions, and even criticisms. They are capable of accepting dissimilar thoughts which inspire them to improve.
People who have the right attitude and right personality but no plan are like driving without directions, not able to get to their destinations effectively. If YOU really wanna reach a goal, always plan ahead so YOU  will have a clear vision about the following steps. Everything is in successful people’s expectations; therefore, they are more likely to get everything under control.
Whether it is a two-thousand-step process or a single giant step, I try to apply this “non-official” FORMULA; With these important factors, nothing can block YOU from attaining YOUR ambitions; nothing can block YOU from progressing.
Fjona Huta

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