2014 Achievements and Milestones

The December 2014 goals update reflected the status of the goals at the end of the year. But in this post, I would like to highlight some of the other key achievements and milestones that I crossed during the year. Looking back at the past and documenting key successes is definitely a great motivator for continued success.

Here are some of the key achievements and milestones crossed during 2014.

  • A huge achievement was starting this blog itself. I had been investing since 2009, but was doing it very sparingly. I was not focused and often went several months without investing. In fact, I had no purchases between mid-2011 and mid-2013. Considering what I have learnt this year, I realize what a big mistake that has been. But early this year, I came across several dividend growth investing focused blogs and that really inspired me to start a blog in order to document by journey as well as keep me focused. Since then I have made great progress and have invested regularly. I even started weekly purchases towards the end of the year.
  • I have invested over $33,000 this year. This is the highest I have invested in any year yet. When i started 2014, I never imagined that I would invest so much money during the course of the year, but like I mentioned earlier, once I started following several blogs, I realized my mistake of not investing regularly and therefore invested aggressively in 2014. Hopefully I am able to maintain this pace for 2015 as well.
  • Hitting $100 in dividends each month was a nice milestone. I had hit the $100 mark sometime last year, but that was just for 1 month of the quarter. It wasn’t until the 3rd quarter of 2014 that I was able to meet the $100 mark for all months of the quarter. This is a great feeling since I know for sure that I am going to be getting at least $100 each and every month going forward.
  • Also, I hit the $200 mark for dividends received in a single month. Even though I hit the mark just 1 month, it was a great milestone. It will be a while before I can consistently hit the $200 mark each month, but nevertheless it still was great.

6 thoughts on “2014 Achievements and Milestones

  1. Hi DGJ,
    That’s great progress and certainly an incentive to keep the ball rolling!
    Do you think you’ll hit $200 income in more than one month this year – maybe October and December?
    Best wishes,

  2. Really a tremendously successful year DGJ. Putting $33,000 not only paid off this last year, but has really accelerated your growth path for this year and beyond. Another couple of years with that sort of capital contributions will really payoff down the road.

  3. Hey there…congrats on the reaching $100 (+200) per month. Over time, that can really add up, especially if you stay the course and keep investing the dividends. It’s exciting to compare year over year and see the increase-it’s kind of my obsession!

    • Thanks Jackie. Looking at the data and comparing the numbers to previous quarters and months and seeing the growth is a great feeling. That’s why I always publish graphs with the prior numbers when I post the dividend portfolio summaries at the end of each month.
      Checked out your portfolio and it is really nice. It is not a surprise that we do hold few common stocks.
      Looking forward to checking your progress.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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