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Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

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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 4 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 lau ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2017)
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
The only interesting thing about this book is the title’s play on his name and were it not for the fact that I was listening to this audio book with my spouse who was not wiling to cut his losses, I would have given up by the fourth chapter.

As much as I loved the show and Joanna’s book, The Magnolia Story, I could not stomach Chip’s version. The writing is inferior and bordering on juvenile, the insights insignificant and filled with well-worn catch phrases and what he deems coaching is more lik
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Witty, raw, real, refreshingly honest, and oh so touching!

This is so much more than a tell all book. Gaines is well known on HGTV's Fixer Upper he's known as a funny goofy guy. But this book shows us the real Gaines.
He is a very positive God fearing man. His outlook on life is not what you would think after watching him on TV every week. I found so many little bits of information that made me love him and Jo Jo so much more. I will share one big one with you his work ethic is above and beyond an
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick Update on what's bothering me: Have you ever met someone that takes all the credit for how life turned out bc of their hard work? No one ever helped them along the way? They don't mention parents, free babysitters, inheritance? Chip does this and it's driving me NUTS! No one can fix and remodel 18 houses, have a store, and have 2-4 kids with no one watching them! I can't even pee without one of them following me, forget a crafting project...

It was interesting learning about Chip and Joann
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading Joanna and Chip Gaines' book "Magnolia" and enjoying it so much, I was excited to see this one was coming out and knew I would have to read it.

In all honesty, I have probably watched a total of one (maybe two) episodes of "Fixer Upper" but through what I have seen on that show along with their previous book, I truly love and respect the authenticity of Joanna and Chip. They both seem so relatable, genuine, and humorous. They are a well-balanced duo that both seem to balance each o
Carrie Morgan
Jan 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
It felt like I was reading The Magnolia Story all over again but just from his point of view. I found it boring and draggy. Love the Gaines but could've done without this book.
Tracey Dyck
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never watched "Fixer Upper" or read Chip and Joanna's previous book, but I still enjoyed getting to know both of them through this little nonfic. They seem really down to earth and have an approach to business that I could really get behind.

Lots of anecdotes and some great pieces on living fearlessly, taking risks, and keeping family as a top priority.

Maybe I was just expecting something else, but the book felt a little scattered. It was still good, but I don'
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to Capital Gaines and it was a great audiobook. I loved that Chip Gaines was the narrator - it felt like I wasn't reading a book, but actually hearing someone's story. I liked how uplifting and encouraging the book was. It was also enjoyable to hear some other stories about Chip and Joanna. A very good read!
Cody Sexton
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
What really separates those who make it from those who don’t? It’s difficult to say. There are just too many variables.
But to be successful, you can't just surround yourself with low-frequency people for very long periods of time. You can't just keep eating the same crappy food just because your spouse or colleague is making those same choices. Your days must consistently be spent on high-quality activities. Success requires balancing the essential, spiritual, relational, financial, and physica
Holly Webb
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn’t love it. There are a lot of great stories and a lot of great lessons in this book but it seems as though Chip was trying to throw everyone cliche “life lesson” at you and convince you to be a great person by doing everything differently. I think I would have liked it if the book was focused on ra couple of life lessons rather than 10-12. Each chapter was something new and felt separate from the previous chapter.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
If you're a fan of Fixer Upper (and who isn't, right?) you are abundantly familiar with Chip Gaines. He's one half of the successful duo of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Waco, Texas, who have taken their love of home renovation and decorating to the masses on HGTV.

This book is about Chip's beginnings and how he started out in business, met and married Joanna, and ended up with a TV show and successful interior decorating business. But it's also about how Chip made a lot of mistakes along the way an
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'll confess that I am a self-proclaimed fan of Fixer Upper. It's one of the very few TV shows I even still watch because I find the Gaines to be authentic and charming. I love their integrity and good-natured demeanors whenever they're on screen, or in public. And in many ways, I think Chip and I would get along great and I'd love to meet him someday. I'm bummed out the show is ending but, thanks to this book, I know why and completely understand. So, what did I think of the book?

Well... it sti
Dave & Lindsay Gurak
The world needs more Chip Gaines....

I rate the book 4 stars, but Chip is a 5 star guy

Chip’s humility, sincerity and drive to make the world a better place is inspiring. I’m encouraged to know that there are men in the public eye with a Chip’s character, intentionality and leadership.

Highly recommend!
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love Fixer Upper and I really loved Magnolia Story but this book is pretty boring. A lot of "God is good, take risks, reach for your dreams, blah, blah ,blah." It reads like a bad self help book. I was hoping for more insight on his approach to business and running your own company but he barely touched on that stuff. Oh well. At least it was short.
Miranda Reads
3.5 stars

If there’s something stirring in you now, and you know what it is, do that. There’s no need to overthink it.
Before the fame and fortune, there was Chip Gaines seeking out one thrilling entrepreneurial adventure after another.

Whether it be a neighborhood laundromat or starting a landscaping business, he was ready for everything.

But, that didn't mean he always had the golden touch.
God’s grace lasts as long as it is required. But when the grace and peace start to go, it’
Randy Hix
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The title doesn’t let you know what your going to read about but I am very glad that I read it. A bit of a brag book but challenges the reader to step up and do something that you are really passionate about and that will possibly be of value to others.
Kelly Magro
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on audiobook and I ONLY finished it because somebody was reading it to me. With a title like Capital Gaines, I expected to hear about the hard work and obstacles that Chip overcame in his upbringing and his path to becoming an entrepreneur. What I got instead was a random, disjointed book about somebody with natural talent who was pretty much successful at anything he put his mind to, as long as he trusted in God. So much God. This book just doesn't need to exist. Or else real ...more
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Digital audiobook read by the author

SUBTITLE: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

I’m a great fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. This is Chip Gaines telling the story of how he and his wife Joanna came to be the successful entrepreneurs that they are today.

One thing that has struck me in the TV show is how immaturely Chip behaves at times. And this book is FULL of his immaturity. I don’t find his antics, his teasing, his eating bugs, or many of the other stunts he pulls funny. I find them i
Christina DeVane
The Gaineses are always fun to read about. This is like a continuation of the Magnolia Story giving more background of their lives continuing to today why they chose to end their TV show. They are such hard working people who’ve never given up on their dreams. Their vision and passion is inspiring and challenges me to make a difference in the world-my world right around me, starting with my family. ❤️
marissa  sammy
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people not put off by the Gaines' conservatism
I read this when I was still somewhat innocent of just how, uh, Texas Churchy Republican the Gainses are. I read this before I saw the episode of Fixer Upper where they casually hung out with Dubya's wife. Please keep that in mind as I continue this review and don't think poorly of me.

It was ... fun? In that sort of dopey "look at my life, I'm awesome but also I'm just the worst lol" guy way. Chris Gaines is a bro, but he doesn't say anything super offensive, just sings Joanna's praises and tell
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was a bit apprehensive, as I expected it to be a lot of repeat stuff
from the Magnolia Story. But it wasn't. I also figured out why Joanna fell in love with him. He's got a lot of common sense and a heart of gold. Love their moral compasses and their desire to do as much good in the world while they're here. And I believe they single handedly put Waco back on the map in a very good way, after the Branch Davidian Episode with Janet Reno and Bill Clinton decades ag
Scottsdale Public Library
The book is great. The audiobook is even better because Chip Gaines reads it. Who is Chip Gaines? If you are asking that question, this book may not be the one for you. Unless, you like books that are inspiring, humorous, and full of entrepreneur know-how. Though, to be honest, even if you don’t own or want to start a business, this book has so much to offer. Chip Gaines is like your personal life coach, and he just wants you to win!--Megan G.
Luke Koskinen
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, inspiring, and easy to read.
Connie Curtis
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I like Chip and Joanna. They seem like a real couple who actually love each other. No fake fights for the TV, and they respect each other for what they each bring to the table.

That being said, Chip would drive me nuts. He's too much of a go-getter to be able to calm down and just enjoy living. This book seemed like one long TED talk, a cheerleader for us to get out there and go live our dreams.

This was a bit of a brag book, which is a little off-putting for me. I didn't know their Magnolia tent
Jessica Gutierrez
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 A really nice, light and inspiring read. He makes having vision, dreams and goals not only seem as if they are attainable, but also as if you truly owe it to yourself and the world to act on them. He makes you WANT to go for it!

I do think that it changed direction somewhere in the middle. It started out being about things he’d learned from past mistakes and then kinda turned into just listening to him talk about his life and what he wants out of it. I still enjoyed it, I just think it kinda
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just am so inspired by Chip and Joanna. I loved this book. His view of life is pretty similar to mine...or at least how I want to be. He isn’t afraid of failure, he has a lot of hope and passion and especially dedicated work ethic. It was really inspiring to me right now (given that I’m unemployed and trying to create my next chapter.) I love how unashamedly he mentions his faith in God and shared insights from various stories in the Bible. I just really want to be their friend. And work for t ...more
Stefan Hull
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This felt hollow. I’d love to read a book on passionately pursuing joy in the mundane, persisting in that which is hard and in-glamorous, throwing your heart into serving quietly at home. That book would be life-giving and speak to those of us who cannot or will not risk all to follow a dream.
Joanna Jennings
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
His ending made it sound like if you don’t write a book about your life then you failed in living passionately and making a difference. I enjoyed the biographical parts much more than the coaching, self help fluff.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get to know Chip Gaines all the better in his own business memoir. Find out about some of his wacky ideas and crazy schemes that got him to where he is today. Hey, no matter what his stories sound like, I'd vouch that he's made it somewhere good in life.

Chip and Joanna are both honest, authentic people. Chip is a bit crazy, but that's okay, because that's why we like him. He's a comedian -- literally. His book is filled with so much laugh-out-loud humor. Every time I sat down to read a bit of th
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What can I say but my rating is influenced by the fact I’m a big fan of Chip & Joanna Gaines! Chip’s down to earth, tangential and anecdotal style comes through 100% in this book that’s less play by play and more key memories on a timeline. Loved the chapters “Scarface: a Mini-Mercial” and “Team of Rivals.” Dog-earred several pages of quotes and found you could easily pick up & put down. Ultimately this book is a testimony of the powerful combination of authenticity, genuine hard work, and posit ...more
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Raised in Dallas, Texas, Chip Gaines is the host of HGTV’s Fixer Upper along with his wife Joanna Gaines. Chip and Joanna are both graduates of Baylor University. They flip, remodel and fix up homes together as owners of Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas. Chip manages the construction and realty side of Magnolia. Their businesses include a real estate company, construction company, design firm and re ...more

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