Schelling: “Implementing our work programme to get to the top”

Over 300 guests attended “Finanz im Dialog” with Niki Lauda in Kitzbühel

For the second year, the discussion event “Finanz im Dialog” has taken place during the Hahnenkamm weekend in Kitzbühel. This year, Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling and the Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda talked about success factors, and about parallels and differences in the worlds of industry and high-performance sport.

“With the right idea, you have to reach your goal faster,” emphasised Niki Lauda during his keynote speech, referring to his (not always easy) path to the top in the fields of sport and aviation. Honesty, motivation and constantly keeping your eye on your goal are the key to success, says Lauda.

“There must be no ‘Excuse Book’ where we can look for mistakes.  You have to look for mistakes within yourself, then analyse them and learn from them,,” says Lauda. This point was also underlined by Finance Minister Schelling, who sees the recently presented “pact for Austria” as a decisive step in this direction: “What I wanted to make clear with my work programme was that we have to stop looking in the ‘Excuse Book’. We need to look for things that are practicable and then simply deliver them. How far we succeed in life is up to us.”

In the course of the discussion, Schelling stressed once again that Austria has a spending problem, not an income problem. He underlined the importance of small and medium-sized companies, stating his clear commitment to performance and personal responsibility: “Performance is not something you are given, it is something that you achieve. A state based on ‘full cover’ cannot function in the long run,” stated Schelling.

“The only real question we have to ask ourselves is whether what we are doing is good for our country and good for people. I can present the evidence in terms of clear figures, data and facts. Let us not make things out to be worse than they are. We have already achieved a great deal. It is better to take a lot of small steps in the right direction than one big step in the wrong direction. With the implementation of the work programme, we are a good way closer to the top,” said Schelling.