15 Frank Lowy quotes that give an insight into the secrets of his success

Frank Lowy. Photo: Ryan Pierse/ Getty Images.

Billionaire Australian businessman Frank Lowy, who founded Westfield in 1960, has just announced he is selling the company for $32.7 billion.

One of Australia’s wealthiest and most successful businessman, grew up in in wartime Hungary.

At the age of 13, his father left the family home one day and never came back. His disappearance haunted Lowy, now 87, his whole life.

Lowy’s childhood, the loss of his father and experience of WWII, set him on a path to make the most out of life.

As well as his Westfield achievements, Lowy is a former Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia. In 2010 he topped BRW’s rich list with a wealth of $5.04 billion, and was the founding former chairman of the Football Federation Australia.

In 2000, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his service to the community, and this year he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business and philanthropy.

Here are 15 quotes that give an insight into the secrets of his success

“The human being is very resourceful. When you fight for survival, you don’t think much, you just do. If you think too much, you sink.”
— November, 2010

“What is it to enjoy life? Sit at the beach? No. What it is is that you have to do something, you have be productive, make a contribution to the society, to the family, to yourself.”
— November, 2010

“You don’t have to go through the Holocaust to be insecure. But that threat to your existence at that age I think does make you to be more paranoid than you would otherwise be. And it sits with you all the time. For instance, you can’t get me to sit with my back to the door in a restaurant. You have got to see everything in front of you so you know what to expect.”
— November, 2010

Frank Lowy. Photo: Getty Images.

“I can be hard, when I believe that I should be. I mean, you don’t want to be a pushover. You can’t get there by allowing people to push you over. I don’t think of myself as a hard man but other people may think otherwise.”
— November, 2010

“Life has its ups and downs but you can only look forward.”
— June, 2015

“When the going got tough I got in­volved.”
— June, 2015

“I don’t remember all my successes but I do remember failures.”
— June, 2015

“I am 84 years old and have not retired because I feel I have something to contribute.”
— June, 2015

“I work all the time, whatever I do I do it, and I don’t necessarily look at it as work. You could say the Auschwitz project was work, or the Lowy Institute is work, or Westfield is work, or the football is work. It is life. In the morning I wake up and until I go to sleep, I work. I go to bed and want to switch off but the brain doesn’t switch off.”
— 2000, Frank Lowy: Pushing the Limits by Jill Margo

Frank Lowy. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images.

“Money is misunderstood. The fact is if you want to be successful – the money will follow you. If you are a doctor, something else will follow you. If you are successful there is an accompaniment. If your goal is just to make money you won’t succeed. Money is a commodity to use, not to be dictated by.”
— November, 2010

“So many times I wanted to go to Auschwitz but I couldn’t take up the courage to go there. I was afraid of one major thing, that maybe I would not be able to emotionally grasp what has happened to him [his father] and all other people there, so I couldn’t go.”
— November, 2010

“The memories made me who I am. Most of us who had this experience have been marked. Never to leave us.”— November, 2010

“For every mountain there is another one. The big question is if you reach the top of the mountain, what then? What do you do then? I suppose you die.”— November, 2010

“If I see something that needs to be fixed I try to fix it. Let me tell you something, it is good fun.”
— March, 2016

“Success in life is like a ladder. Step by step you walk up the ladder. The problem comes when you come to the top of the ladder and say ‘I’m successful now’. There’s no such thing, you have to find another ladder. Success is a journey and the journey finishes when you finish.” — March, 2016

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