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Rebecca Osam weighs in: Idea vs. Capital - Which holds the key to business success?

I've often found myself pondering the age-old debate: which is more important, the idea or the capital? Growing up, I've seen countless individuals with innovative ideas, but lacking the funds to bring them to life.

Rebecca Osam weighs in: Idea vs. Capital - Which holds the key to business success?

Meanwhile, others seem to have an abundance of capital, but struggle to come up with a worthwhile concept to invest in.

In my experience, I've come to realise that ideas are the true drivers of progress. An idea can spark a revolution, solve a pressing problem, or create a new industry. However, capital is often seen as the key to unlocking an idea's potential. But is it really?

We've all heard the phrase "No money, no business." But I believe this mindset is limiting. Yes, capital is essential for scaling and growth, but it's not the only factor. Passion, determination, and creativity can take you a long way.

I've seen friends and colleagues with brilliant ideas, but they're held back by the belief that they need a substantial amount of capital to get started. They wait for the perfect investor or until they've saved up enough funds, only to see someone else execute their idea and reap the rewards.

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Meanwhile, those with capital often prioritise safe investments over innovative ones. They opt for established businesses or assets that guarantee a steady return, rather than taking a chance on a game-changing idea.

As Ghanaians, we need to shift our mindset. We should focus on nurturing our ideas, rather than waiting for the perfect funding opportunity. We should be willing to take calculated risks and embrace failure as a steppingstone to success.

Of course, capital is still crucial for growth and expansion, but it's not the only factor. Ideas are the true drivers of progress, and we should prioritise their development and execution.

So, to all the aspiring entrepreneurs in Ghana, don't let capital hold you back. Focus on refining your idea, building a strong team, and creating value.

The capital will follow. And to those with capital, I urge you to be bold and take chances on innovative ideas. The returns may be higher, but so are the rewards. Let's create a culture that celebrates ideas and fosters growth.

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