MTN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Selorm Adadevoh, has revealed that he turned down a lifetime offer of $150,000 or in current exchange terms, about GHC 820,000, because the job he was being asked to do was in contrast with his values.
Adadevoh was speaking on the issue of personal values and principles at the 2019 SpringBoard Convocation in Accra on March 16, 2019.
He spoke of how people needed to have non-negotiable values in order to maintain a sustainable position in life. It was at that point that he chipped in his personal story..
The MTN CEO noted how he had to among other things, turn down a $150,000 bonus offer because he wanted to uphold his integrity and preserve his decency.
At that time, he was working in Haiti.
Adadevoh said: “Integrity is the value that made me quit my job. There was a cost to it and that wasn’t my first time.
It happened three times in my life where I walked away from becoming a millionaire or something else but because of my values, I stayed broke and today, I’m the happiest person in the world because, I have no weight".
“Success without value is not success, and if you really want to make it in life, you need your values to be what defines what your limit”.
The SpringBoard programme is a periodic event that sees young people across Ghana gathered to hear motivational speeches from successful Ghanaians.
SpringBoard has been organised for more than a decade.
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In closing, Adadevoh urged the young audience to fine-tune themselves and stick to their core values to be better people in future without any “weight” on their shoulders.
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