“whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phillippians 4:8

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines

Not gonna lie, Capital Gaines made me feel like I can and should do anything. And I think that’s what Chip’s goal was. When I started the book, I was worried that it would be a repeat of The Magnolia Story, and while there were some similar stories, Chip branches off into a new direction. I also expected it to be a more of a business how-to or how-not-to kind of book, but it isn’t.

Chip (I can't call him "Gaines" like I normally would with authors) gives some business advice, but it's mostly just good life advice. It's more of a you-can-do-it book than anything else. He encourages readers to find their passions and follow them. He puts an emphasis on doing what's right for your family/life and prioritizing. Another great focus of Chip's book is helping others and building bridges between peoples of different beliefs, worldviews, etc. He talks about being a runway for others to get their metaphorical planes in the air. I definitely finished the book feeling uplifted.

My husband listened to this as an audiobook, and his thoughts were that this is more of a storybook than a self-help book, and I agree to an extent. Chip did tell the story of how he really got started in business and things he learned, but I was inspired by this book. It helped me delve deeper into what I want to do and to feel like I am good enough. I don’t think it was as good as The Magnolia Story, but it’s a solid read for when you need to be inspired and uplifted. I especially recommend it to fans of the Fixer Upper show. Good job, Chip.

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