OK, so luck is a big part of suc­cess, but there are some strate­gies you can use. Glenda Korporaal on who to fol­low, Deirdre Macken on where to live and what to read, Shane Rodgers on when to change and Kylar Loussikian on why we work

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who to fol­low Mike Can­non-Brookes and Scott Far­quhar

Co-founders, At­las­sian The soft­ware com­pany founders had a pas­sion for com­put­ers from a young age. They met at the Univer­sity of New South Wales where they were study­ing busi­ness in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. They co-founded At­las­sian in 2002, straight out of univer­sity and us­ing their credit cards to raise $10,000 in work­ing cap­i­tal. The com­pany now em­ploys more than 1100 staff in eight cities and has filed doc­u­ments for an ini­tial pub­lic offering in the US, which could see the com­pany worth more than $3 bil­lion. Can­non-Brookes and Far­quhar main­tain a start-up cul­ture, their of­fices are con­tin­u­ally voted as great places to work and they pro­vide ad­vice and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to up­com­ing en­trepreneurs. They rep­re­sent a new gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness peo­ple who start out with a global mar­ket in mind from day one.

WHY: Suc­cess­ful start-up

Frank Lowy

Founder and chair­man, Westfield Cor­po­ra­tion and Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia One of Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful self-made bil­lion­aires, Lowy founded the Westfield em­pire from a base in western Sydney. Westfield Group has a net worth of more than $7 bil­lion. His busi­ness was shaped by his vi­sion for the fu­ture. He in­tro­duced the lat­est trends from Amer­ica at his shop­ping cen­tres and then set up Westfield in the US. He plays an ac­tive com­mu­nity role from sup­port­ing Jewish char­i­ties to foot­ball.

WHY: Global vi­sion­ary

Gor­don Cairns Chair­man, Wool­worths and Ori­gin En­ergy Cairns is the go-to chair­man for com­pa­nies need­ing a turn­around. He com­bines a gre­gar­i­ous, high en­ergy per­sonal man­ner with tough busi­ness skills. He be­gan his ca­reer in the food and bev­er­age busi­ness, be­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of beer com­pany Lion Nathan in 1997. Af­ter re­tir­ing in 2004 he took on a num­ber of di­rec­tor­ships. Cairns be­came a Bud­dhist in 2000, say­ing it has en­cour­aged the prac­tice of mind­ful­ness or “be­ing in the mo­ment.” He was ap­pointed chair­man of David Jones and over­saw its sale to South Africa’s Wool­worths Hold­ings. Ear­lier this year he was ap­pointed chair­man of trou­bled Aus­tralian su­per­mar­ket group Wool­worths.

WHY: The fix-it man

Gail Kelly For­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive, West­pac; di­rec­tor, Wool­worths Hold­ings The teacher turned banker be­came the first woman to head up a Big Four bank in 2008. Hav­ing a daugh­ter and then triplets did not stop her man­age­rial ca­reer. Mov­ing to Aus­tralia from South Africa, she was able to sell her skills to the Com­mon­wealth Bank, be­fore be­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of St Ge­orge and then win­ning the top job at West­pac. Kelly advises peo­ple look­ing for ca­reer ad­vice to “be bold”, take ac­tion and look for line man­age­ment jobs rather than ad­vi­sory roles. She also advises peo­ple to ap­proach life with a gen­eros­ity of spirit to­wards oth­ers.

WHY: Smashed the glass ceil­ing

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