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A Tribute to the Man Who Changed My Life, Financially

I want to take a moment to pay tribute to John Bogle, the legendary founder of the Vanguard Group and the inventor of the index fund. 

John Bogle, who died last week, taught me more about the wisdom of wealth building than anyone else.

Bogle had a simple, though radical, message: buy a diversified portfolio of low cost funds and stay the course, regardless of the market’s gyration or your fearful emotions.

 “The mutual fund business is where you get what you don’t pay for,” he said. 

Amen to that. And history has proven him right. Over the past 15 years, passive index funds have outperformed almost 90% of actively managed funds.

“If all investors had heeded his ideas,” declared Warren Buffet, another legendary financier, “they would be hundreds of billions of dollars better off than they are now.”

It took me a few years and some painful losses before I discovered Bogle’s wisdom. I’m beyond grateful I did. For over two decades, despite 9 market crashes (when the market falls at least 20%), I’ve done quite well. 

From the bottom of my heart, I say thank you, John Bogle. You left the world a better place.

What teachers are you grateful for in your life? Leave me a comment below.

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Comments & Feedback

  • Pati

    What teacher am I grateful for?


    Wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve had a question in my head (like today) and you pop in my inbox with incredible, perfect answers.

    Like today.

    You definitely have both feet in the River of Life.

    My other favorite teacher was my voice teacher, Dr. Thom Houser.

    He taught me to make peace with myself. Make peace with my voice. And focus on freeing the sound.

    • barbara huson

      Pati, I am grinning ear to ear after reading your comment. That’s sooooo sweet of you to say that. And your voice teacher gave you excellent advice. To be at peace with who we are and the gifts we have is a powerful concept. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Caroline

    What a beautiful tribute, Barbara. Thank you for letting your community know the impact that John Bogle had on your life.

    I am so grateful for you as a financial teacher in my life. Your books, writings, and the way you live your life have been shaping mine for years. From the bottom of my heart, thank YOU!

    I’m also grateful for my Dad for teaching me about investing (including Vanguard mutual funds) at a young age; David Bach (whose “Finish Rich” book was the first financial book I ever read!); Kate Northrup, and many more. Thank you for this opportunity to reflect on the wonderful “Wayshowers” in my life. Happy New Year to you, and much love!

    • barbara huson

      I so appreciate your heartfelt response, Caroline. I feel grateful and honored to be on your list of financial teachers . Where would we be without our wayshowers. I agree, it’s nice to take time to appreciate the role they played in our life. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment.

  • Monick Halm

    I’m definitely grateful for you! I loved hearing you last week on the Mastery Program call. You’re amazing!

  • barbara huson

    Thanks Monick…I always love hearing from you! Big hugs.

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Meet Barbara Huson

When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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