Frank Lowy – Coaching Quotes and Tips

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Frank Lowy – Coaching Quotes and Tips – Contents

  • Career Advice Quotes by Frank Lowy
  • Business Advice Quotes by Frank Lowy
  • Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Frank Lowy
  • Frank Lowy Biography
  • Interesting Facts and Insights about Frank Lowy
  • Books about Frank Lowy
  • Common Questions about Frank Lowy
  • Videos about Frank Lowy
  • Frank Lowy Quotes

Career Advice Quotes by Frank Lowy

“Life has its ups and downs but you can only look forward.”

“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.”

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

“Anything is possible with enough ambition and hard work.”

“I work all the time, whatever I do I do it, and I don’t necessarily look at it as work.”

“Invincible is never how I felt, but optimistic… yes.”

“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.”

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

“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 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.”

“It’s important to know where you came from and where you’ve been – personally and professionally – but only so it can help you know where you are going.”

“Australia gave me a life I would not have been able to have in Europe or even Israel. It’s where I’ve had my career – and it has shown me that anything is possible with enough ambition and hard work.”

“Australia is a new country – and that’s what’s great about it. It’s adaptive to change because it doesn’t have the tradition of hundreds of years before, like Europe. When I came here, I was able to adapt to Australia, and more importantly, Australia was able to adapt to me and my co-founder, as we tried to find our way in business.


“It’s important to know where you came from and where you’ve been – personally and professionally – but only so it can help you know where you are going.”

– Frank Lowy

Business Advice Quotes by Frank Lowy

“I don’t remember all my successes but I do remember failures.”

“If your goal is just to make money you won’t succeed. Money is a commodity to use, not to be dictated by.”

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

“Asia is the future. For sports and for business.”

“I learned to value the small transactions as well as the large.”

Frank Lowy presented with Woodrow Wilson Award

“My own business philosophy is probably no surprise. It’s this: Work hard, know your business and have the best team around you. But above all, be dedicated.”

“Business has taught me that there is always more to learn, but that without hard work it means nothing.”

“Yes, we made some bad business decisions… well, who hasn’t? The most important thing is to recognize these decisions and learn from them so you don’t make them again.”

“Nothing is perfect 100 percent. I can’t say that everything was done like in a textbook.”

“We took some directions that with hindsight we may not have done given a second chance. Sometimes things went a little bit up and sometimes a little bit down.”

“Never give up! People don’t understand how persistent you have to be. You come up against an obstacle and you have to find a way of moving forward.”

“You take detours, navigate between the obstacles and make it happen.”

“Unless you are very strong and convinced you can succeed, you will be swept away.”


“You take detours, navigate between the obstacles and make it happen.”

– Frank Lowy

Leadership Advice Quotes by Frank Lowy

“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.”

“When the going got tough I got in­volved.”

“I can’t say I ever really had a mentor. It was more a case that we always knew which skills we didn’t have and made sure we worked with the very best who did.”

“For every mountain, there is another one.”

“The philosophy I shared… was one of ambition – the ambition to succeed, ambition to grow, ambition to move forward – backed up by hard work.”

“The most important thing was, and is, to be able to recognize the mistakes, and change them as quickly as possible, and get back on track. And that can be difficult, but when you come out the other end… I think there’s a great satisfaction.”

“I’m certainly proud of some things I have done in my life, but I haven’t done them alone. I’ve been very fortunate in always being surrounded by supportive people and very talented people.”


“The most important thing was, and is, to be able to recognize the mistakes, and change them as quickly as possible, and get back on track.

– Frank Lowy

Frank Lowy Biography

Frank Lowy (born 1930) is the former long-time Chairman of Westfield Corporation, a global shopping center company with US$29 billion of assets under management in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. Lowy was appointed a Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1995 and concluding his term in 2005.

With an assessed net worth of A$8 billion, Lowy ranked as one of the fourth richest Australian. He has featured on the Financial Review Rich List, having been one of the richest people in Australia.

In 2000, Frank Lowy was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia. The establishment of the Lowy Institute led him to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2005 by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was knighted in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours (UK) for services to business and philanthropy.


Interesting Facts and Insights about Frank Lowy

  • Born: Frank Lowy was born in 1930 in Czechoslovakia, which is now Slovakia.
  • Ghetto: During World War II he was forced to live in a ghetto in Hungary.
  • Father: As a 13-year-old Jewish boy, Lowy had never known about the loss of his father, Hugo Lowy, who was beaten to death at Auschwitz concentration camp for refusing to leave his Jewish prayer shawl behind.
  • Palestine: In 1946, Frank Lowy boarded a ship heading for Mandatory Palestine. However, he was caught en route by the British authorities and interned in a detention camp in Cyprus.
  • Israel: From the age of 15 to 21, Lowy fought in the Israeli War of Independence.
  • Arab–Israeli War: Lowy joined the Haganah, and then the Golani Brigade, and fought in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War in the Galilee and Gaza.
  • Australia: In 1952 at the age of 21, Lowy left Israel for Australia and started a business delivering small goods.
  • Shopping Center: With a fellow immigrant he created Westfield’s through the development of a shopping center in Sydney’s western suburbs.
  • Westfield: Frank Lowy and his partner listed the company on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1960 as Westfield Development Corporation.
  • John Saunders: His partner John Saunders sold his interests and left the company in 1987.
  • Global: In the 1990s Lowy took the company to New Zealand, then the United Kingdom in the 2000s
  • Reserve Bank of Australia: Lowy was appointed a Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1995, concluding his term in 2005.
  • Executive Chairman: After turning 80, effective in 2011, Lowy stood down as Executive Chairman of the Westfield Group, taking on the role of Non-Executive Chairman.
  • Football: As a long-time supporter of Football in Australia, Lowy was Chairman of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) from 2003 to November 2015.
  • Auschwitz: In memory of his father, Hugo, Lowy commissioned the restoration of a railway wagon that had transported Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz, and placed the wagon on-site at the former concentration camp.
  • Family: Lowy is married when he was 21 and has three sons, Peter, Steven, and David.
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  • Chai Foundation: His wife Shirley, is the founder of the Chai Foundation which is dedicated to research into effective but less toxic forms of cancer therapy.
  • Lowy Institute: In 2003, Lowy established the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an independent international policy think tank devoted to foreign affairs, and Australia’s role in the world.
  • Cancer Research: In 2010, Lowy and his family donated A$10 million to facilitate the construction of the UNSW Lowy Cancer Research Centre.
  • Companion (AC): In 2000, Frank Lowy was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his service to the community.
  • Sir Lowy: Frank Lowy was knighted in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours (UK) for services to business and philanthropy.

“Business has taught me that there is always more to learn, but that without hard work it means nothing.”

– Frank Lowy

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“Business has taught me that there is always more to learn, but that without hard work it means nothing.”

– Frank Lowy

Books About Frank Lowy

  • Frank Lowy: A Second Life, by Jill Margo, 2015
  • From Broke to Billionaire: How 5 Australians Became Billionaires, by Nhan Nguyen, 2014
  • Frank Lowy: Pushing the Limits, by Jill Margo, 2000

Common Questions about Frank Lowy?

  • Where did Frank Lowy come from?
    • Frank Lowy was born in Fiľakovo, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
  • What nationality is Frank Lowy?
    • Australian
  • How much did Frank Lowy sell Westfield for?
    • The Lowy family sold its shopping center empire to the French property giant Unibail-Rodamco for $32.7 billion
  • Where does Frank Lowy live?
    • Israel

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“I don’t remember all my successes but I do remember failures.”

– Frank Lowy

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