At the beginning of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR‘S fifth operational year, we opened an academic discourse to answer the question about how to take the ascent to join the circle of the best. In discussions with renowned experts we were looking for new approaches and methods, potential obstacles and difficulties, strategies and solutions that accompany us on our journey to the top. What makes us better?
The experts all agreed that striving to improve is the key factor that drives progress and innovation. All the same, taking the journey to the top successfully requires focusing on your own strengths and passions. Only through personal passion will you keep your inner drive alive, reach your goal with determination and not allow yourself to be discouraged by setbacks. Because missteps are inevitable, indeed necessary, on the journey to the top. We can learn from our mistakes, gain experience, take in new perspectives, and by doing so find better solutions and alternative avenues.
All the same, for people and companies to be able to successfully follow the pathway to the best, public policymakers have to create a general framework in which personal development and individual talents are fostered. This is the only way we can make Upper Austria into a superior region. To do this, it is necessary to significantly dismantle bureaucratic hurdles that inhibit and thus slow down progress. Our society is also called on to change its views. In times like these, when we are demanding that the policymakers present us with solutions, all of us are also called on to think and act more responsibly when making decisions. We are all called on to contribute to the common good.
Because the journey to the best is long and arduous. And if we want to take Upper Austria to the top, compared with other regions internationally, we have to – whether as individuals, businesses, or politicians – work hand in hand. The experts were also in agreement on this point: On the journey to the best, it’s not about scoring individual successes, but rather it’s about ongoing self-improvement. Often it’s the road that already lies behind us that makes us successful. Or as Sue Campbell put it, “Better never stops.”