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Capital Gaines : Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

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The most important step is taking the first one. Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

"National Bestseller--New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, Wall Street Journal"

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of five in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn't quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

Now a #1 New York Times bestselling book, Capital Gaines offers readers a ringside seat as Chip relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.


Thomas Nelson
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Chip Gaines
Publication Date
October, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.20 x 6.30 x 0.80 Inches

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First, I love Chip & J...

First, I love Chip & Joanna Gaines. They are real and genuine.This book is real, emotional, and honest. I love the stories and the lessons that go with the stories.

Chip Gaines has a conv...

Chip Gaines has a conversational and casual writing style. He writes to the reader, rather than at and its hard to dislike him (or via him, Jo). He shares his love of family in a warm and personal way, without it feeling he's selling their personal lives out. While he seems naturally outgoing, that balancing act of drawing the reader in while not over-revealing is a fairly shrewd skill. Not the bad kind of shrewd... the Gaines are the type of people I'd want to count among friends irl. The book is written as an extended version of a motivational speech, with personal anecdotes strung together that don't always lead to a clear application for the reader. It's more like his own processing of life kessons learned through anecdotes from childhood to present. He is a natural encourager, leader and positive influence. That's both clear and admirable. Through this book, you come to understand what Chip values most: hard work, resourcefulness, God, Jo and his family. It's hard to dislike the Gaines who genuinely seem like decent, ordinary people who are living in extraordinary circumstances. Though not a relationship advice book per se, they exhibit a strong marriage, friendship and partnership at the core and that respect for each other. Chip's notes from his former personal assistants are intriguing. He's had quite a few by his own account, though not everyone provided an account or was included. Presumably, he and his editor would only let mostly positive things through and this seems to be the case here. The first is the most interesting. She seems to be genuinely appreciative and fond of Chip and the opportunities he gives her, but tells a couple of anecdotes about things Chip had her do, without guidance, which scare her because they're high stakes and she's new and needs the job. The tasks nvolve a lot of money (get me a loan and a houseboat) , and she knows "he won't take no for an answer." While she gives him credit for helping her feel she can do anything clearly, the Gaines have been are unaccustomed to being told no and expect to get what they want. As the Gaines' platform increases in size with their TV show, I can't help but wonder just how crafted and tightly managed the Gaines brand is, how much celebrity status has changed them individually and as parents, and how they feel about that. Though in many ways it's a huge, life changing blessing for their families and community, reading between the lines, their fame also may carry a price.

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