I invest in dividend growth stocks as a way to earn passive income that will support my early retirement goal. As a way to track my progress I update the dividend income that I earn on a monthly basis. The goal is financial freedom, which to me, means having my dividends cover my expenses. This is a long term goal, so I have a lot of years to go. I find it is encouraging to see my dividend income steadily grow over time as it reminds me that I’m on the right track and to stick with it.