Saturday, December 3, 2022

Review: Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

Genre: Biography/Memoir 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Released: Oct. 17, 2017
198 pages
About the Book:

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 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.

In Capital Gaines, we walk alongside him as he 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.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it to be an easy read flowing nicely from one thought to another. I feel like I got to see the true Chip and learn what motivates him. He encourages readers to find their passion, whether it be through work, family or hobby. Find what motivates you to get up each and every day. He has a very positive, optimist outlook on life and he is much more than just the funny, goofy guy that he became known as on Fixer Upper. He has a true passion for family. It was obvious that he has a very strong work ethic to be able to accomplish all that he has. I really appreciated that he shared that his employees are more than just employees, he cares about them individually as people. However it did appear like he wasn’t very helpful with the training of new employees but left them to figure it out on their own. I didn’t like this as that mindset isn’t very helpful or supportive. He acknowledges that he and Joanna would not be where they were without the support of family and friends along the way. I really enjoyed the message of trusting God and not second-guessing your choices. Each decision we make has a ripple affect. This book left me thinking about what things I am passionate about and how I could transfer that passion to every day life. 

Favourite Quote: 
“I'd argue that every choice we make, big or small, points us down a particular life path.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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