About my pic: taken at sunset from our condo in Maui. About me: I grew up with a mother who worked to support three kids. My life/wealth is a product of hard work and choices of my own making. I have been a computer engineer for nearly 29 years. My real passion, however, is dividend growth investing (DGI). I spent countless hours/years researching investment philosophies and styles. After losing money by trying to "time the market", I finally decided that the investing style for me is one focused on income and total return. I now consider myself primarily a "dividend growth investor" focusing on continuous growth through compounding of re-invested dividends. My goal: To create an investment portfolio whereby, in retirement, I can live in large part, from dividend and other investment income without selling assets which diminish my base. I have been a DGR since 2006 and I can tell you, without hesitation, if you want to sleep well at night, you should explore DGI. My soapbox: Look at the power of compounding... and turn off the fools on TV and print who tell you what to buy/sell and are focused on the near term. Look for quaity companies with a long history of dividend payments and growth, that have a good chance at standing the test of time. Finally, read the SeekingAlpha authors who focus on this strategy. They are strongly convinced it is the best way to go and with good reason. It is the best long-term wealth creation on the planet regardless of what the "traders" tell you. I am an investor. Plain and simple.