Can I skip the first boring preview paragraph and lead you directly to the meat? Because I am sure you got an idea of what I am going to talk about from the title.\r\nChase Passion, Not Money\r\nHave you ever heard this from any VC or angel investor saying for himself? No. But surely, he wants to invest in entrepreneurs who only chase passion, so he can make money.\r\n\r\nWake up Sam. Without the potential of making money your passion is as good as your morning walk. Good for you, and ignorable for the rest of the world.\r\n\r\nYes of course, there are businesses built 100% around passion, but then they stay small, like mom & pop shops.\r\n\r\nStartup world is all about scale & money.\r\n\r\nVC\u2019s often speaks up about large markets. Here it is to understand that VCs aren\u2019t chasing the large market size to showcase your passion at large, but to make huge money. Also, talking money isn\u2019t bad at all. It\u2019s the fuel. It\u2019s energy. Sometimes money can even show you your passion (Ouch\u2026 debatable).\r\n\r\nHistorically, the most successful company in the world (in annual sales) is Apple. Why? Because it touched 1 Tn in annual sales. See, Money!\r\n\r\nEven being an entrepreneur, your top priority should be \u00a0making money for your business, your employees, stake holders, and for yourself.\r\n\r\nThe brutal truth about the entrepreneurial ecosystem (at least in India) is that wannapreneaurs get jobs at startups, misleaded entrepreneurs survive only following their passion and the successful ones make money.\r\nGetting Funded Is How You Look Succeeding\r\nBeyond doubt, it\u2019s tempting to see yourself in the media. Delivering interviews, throwing expert comments, speaking at the events, and on top of that, answering the most asked about question - \u00a0Are you funded?\r\n\r\nBeing funded is more or less like having a better motorbike for a race; but it\u2019s not \u201cthe happy ending\u201d. It\u2019s where the race begins.\r\n\r\nDoes having better motorbike and a tank full of fuel guarantee you win? No. Though it\u2019s a big support for someone who is willing to win the race at any cost, but such wonderful facilities can\u2019t make a lazy dumb win the race.\r\n\r\nThe key to a successful venture is a solid organic-engine i.e. the business model.\u00a0 Why will customers love to pay for your product?\r\n\r\nIf you call yourself the Founder or CEO of your startup, then it\u2019s your job to build a solid revenue model and a growth platform for your company.\u00a0 And then look for funding. That will prove your metal, real success.\r\n\r\nAs Anand Lunia, Founder of India Quotient said beautifully, \u201cBelieves entrepreneur is the king, not the VC.\u201d And I must mention, he is a VC himself though.\r\nThe Title \u201cFounder\u201d Makes You Belong To Fraternity\r\nI have learned this the hard way.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis world doesn\u2019t want \u201cFounders\u201d, it\u2019s looking for enablers, facilitators and contributors to make this world a better place to live.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe fraternity of startup freaks, meal-missers, night-watchers, and clock-less people is the sum of those who are here to make real business. Businesses that solves real life problems at mass level, makes daily life easy, enables the less privileged, make resources available, and ultimately make money.\r\n\r\nI remember one of our colleague\u2019s friend in New Delhi, elaborating his passion (fake\u2026 to me) and plan to build a new App for several different industries, since he was an App developer at a software company somewhere.\r\n\r\nSo if you are looking for a surface to create a dent because you have a hammer, darling, you don\u2019t belong here. Find a real problem. Do some real math. Lay a \u00a0real plan & execute. There is no easy success.\r\n\r\nI know I am being harsh to many. But the truth is this world doesn\u2019t want \u201cFounders\u201d, it\u2019s looking for enablers, facilitators and contributors to make this world a better place.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll Gain Something By Attending Networking Events\r\n\r\nMy favorite mistake, since I spent lot of money here, to end empty handed.\r\n\r\n\u201cNetworking events would be the worst place to develop meaningful & long term relationships.\u201d\r\n\r\nNeedless to say, I wasn\u2019t planned. Being a first timer with limited resource and a world full of people minding their own business, and who don\u2019t give you free advice until they get grey hairs, \u00a0you don\u2019t get the game. Networking events, won\u2019t give you anything, but Networking will.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the difference?\r\n\r\nNetworking stands for connecting with people via any medium so that they can help you do better at your business, either by advising on how-to\u2019s, or by connecting you to right vendors, or by helping you raise funds, or by helping to hire right the team at lower cost. That\u2019s real networking.\r\n\r\nSo do networking for better business. Don\u2019t lose sight. Stay focused on what you need next to grow your business and you will attain purposeful networking.\r\n\r\nAnd did I mention, networking events would be the worst place to develop meaningful & long term relationships. Linkedin, Twitter, Bars, Cafeteria and Offices are great places to connect one-to-one, and to get into a real conversation, asking for help, offering help and actually \u201cBe Networked\u201d.\r\nBuying Ego\r\n\u201cEgo is a wonderful thing when sold, but dangerous when bought.\u201d\r\n\r\nLet me give you few examples to show that all of us do buy ego, sub cautiously.\r\n\r\nDo you see the new add connect on LinkedIn in morning, but you accept the request late in evening?\u00a0Do you see the email from someone chasing you at 9 am today, but reply at 10 am next morning?\u00a0Do you think it\u2019s a great way to earn respect looking busy or, unapproachable?\r\n\r\nLet me tell you something out of my personal experience.\u00a0I am a digital marketer, and part of my job is to connect with CXO\u2019s, VP\u2019s, Middle Managers, and sometimes to Secretaries.\r\n\r\nThe fastest responses I usually receive are from CXO\u2019s & VP\u2019s.\r\n\r\nNot because they are free, but because they don\u2019t see who is calling. Instead they focus on what\u2019s incoming. And avoid the state of indecision by quickly giving a yes or no. In fact, I will not exaggerate by commenting that some of the most humble & interesting to talk people you can find exists at CXO level.\r\n\r\nThey are more than sure that \u201cbuying ego\u201d is not for them, and CXO is a very fatal position since every bad performance will be highly visible. So they do their best to make the most out of every small or large possibility by keeping their ego aside, but focus in mind.\r\n\r\nNow, Choose.\r\n\r\nWhile writing this, I am feeling fast blood circulation, since to me, it\u2019s like summarizing my 12 years of entrepreneurship.