I am a Software Engineer. I am not a Financial Professional, but a self taught investor who is attempting to build a passive income stream for my future. My grandfather introduced me to dividend investing when I was 15 with a gift of Walmart. After growing up and starting to work, I tried to invest in growth stocks and hit a 10 bagger. This approach never worked for me (for a variety of reasons). The biggest deal was that I didn't have the guts to sit and watch these stocks drop so much. So I gravitated back to looking at the companies that had a history of raising dividends and thriviing in all sorts of market conditions.