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Investing for Passive Income

From what I understand, M2 teaches that we should try to build sources of passive income but I am struggling a little bit to understand how exactly that works with stock market investing. I completely understand it with real estate because there is a check that comes to you every month from rent payments, but the only thing I know that is  similar to that in the stock market is by earning dividends. So is the idea to invest for dividend income or am missing something? Obviously if I bought a non-dividend stock and it went up in value I could sell it and take a profit from it but then I lose that value in the market and that seems to be investing more for the short term than the long term. Any ideas?

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