Monday, November 20, 2017

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff
By Chip Gaines
W Publishing Group, 2017. 191 pgs. Nonfiction

I read Magnolia Story last year and was excited to learn that Chip Gaines was writing another book. In this tell-all, we learn more about Chip's growing up years and what has led to his success with Magnolia and his family. We also get an inside look at filming the show Fixer Upper.

 It was a treat to listen to this book, read by Chip, because he is such a great storyteller. There were several moments that had me laughing out loud as he described shenanigans of his youth and young adulthood. Chip is an extremely successful businessman who has learned many lessons though his life experiences to get to this point. I appreciated how much Chip credits his faith and his family for the man that he is today and would recommend this book to anyone.


1 comment:

AL said...

I really enjoyed this book by Chip Gaines. He is not afraid of sharing his thoughts and vulnerabilities and the realities of what it took to get him to this point in his life. The thing that I found most surprising and valuable about this book is the focus he puts on going after your dreams. Chip talks a lot about the legacy he wants to leave behind. He is determined to be the one that can help others achieve their dreams and hopefully even more than that. He talks about how we let our fear hold us back and how important it is to face that fear and just have 20 seconds of brave. He also emphasizes the point of doing what God tells you to do, even when it doesn't make sense.

I read the physical book and I liked Chip's sketches throughout the book to illustrate points and the pictures he shared. The very last section of the book has a place where he encourages you to write down something that stuck out to you in the book and then a lot of pages for you to write what exactly you are going to do to act on your thoughts and impressions. I liked that this book had a lot of personality. It felt like sitting down and talking with a good friend whose main focus is to inspire you to be a better person.