The handshake is very important and tells a lot about you. Some persons, including recruiting officers could even tell about your core personality traits just from a single handshake. The handshake is that important.
There is no gainsaying the fact that getting a paid job in this era is not the way to real freedom; financial freedom and the freedom to do whatever you want as at when you want it. It is a sure way to getting set for life, especially if you have a good mentor to guide you.