Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
If you’re a fan of FIXER UPPER on HGTV (and I am), you already know Chip Gaines. He’s the outrageous, funny, hard working guy who hosts the home renovation show with his wife, Joanna. He has a distinctive way of speaking, and this book captures his voice perfectly. Reading it feels like you’re sitting on a front porch with a tall glass of iced tea as Chip gives you encouragement and advice. The book begins with Chip talking about how he got started as an entrepreneuer when he was still very young. He talks about his successes and his mistakes, and about how he was a little slapdash about it all until he met Joanna. But he was always up for a new idea, willing to take a risk and incredibly hardworking, and those qualities made up for his shortcomings. In this book, he encourages you to JUST DO IT (caps are mine). If you want to be an entrepreneur (or if you have another dream), he tells you not to let fear hold you back. Fear was never one of his problems. The worst he could do was fail, and he never felt that failure was the end of the world. If something doesn’t work out, you just dust yourself off and try something else. His recipe for success is amazingly simple: don’t let fear hold you back, get started today, and work incredibly hard. It worked for him, and he encourages you to let it work for you, too. I liked this book a lot. Reading it is like having a successful older brother in your corner saying “I did it and you can do it, too.”
Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines, Harper Collins Publishing, October 2017, 208 pages.
Full disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.