James Patterson, the world’s highest-paid and possibly most prolific author, describes the best advice he ever received.
At the time, Patterson was CEO of the advertising firm J. Walter Thompson, which was being threatened with takeover by a rival. His firm didn’t want to lose him, so it offered him three possible packages.
Patterson asked his genius advisor (whose name he can’t remember) which package to take. The advice: “All three. If they put it on the table, they’re willing to give it.”
That’s exactly what Patterson did: take it all.
— Adapted from “Money Talks: James Patterson,” as told to Susan Patterson, Esquire.