As part of my dividend growth plan, I invest in companies which consistently raise dividends. This would hopefully result in financial independence at my dividend crossover point, where dividends exceeds expenses. Before I purchase shares in a dividend paying company, I analyze it thoroughly and try to gauge whether it has what it takes to increase future profits, which are the fuel behind future dividend growth. This is a particularly difficult endeavor, since the environment that we see today would be much more different five, ten, twenty years from now. Nevertheless, I always enjoy when a company I have purchased, continues its streak of regular dividend increases that are fueled by improved operating performance. The rising stream of cold hard cash deposited in my brokerage account validates my investment thesis.