Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff Hardcover – October 17, 2017
|New from||Used from|
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
About the Author
Chip Gaines and his wife, Joanna Gaines, are co-founders and co-owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas.
Chip was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was raised in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a degree in marketing. An entrepreneur by nature, he started and sold many small businesses before Magnolia. Having grown up spending time on his granddad’s ranch in North Texas, Chip became a true cowboy at heart. He says he was made for hard labor and always preferred digging ditches to academic pursuits.
Chip loves life with his five kiddos and is head over heels for Joanna. Hand in hand is exactly how Chip prefers to work, which makes Fixer Upper even more fun to watch, and he enjoys seeing his and Joanna’s passions merge to complement and serve one another.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Perhaps the most valuable part of CAPITAL GAINES is the encouraging outlook that the author brings. A recurring theme is to learn from your mistakes: “We turned just about every situation into a learning opportunity."
Another theme that stands out is COURAGE. Chip encourages the reader to have courage in the face of adversity: “The courage to take a chance is half the battle. The other half? Viewing failure as a teacher and not an enemy. . . Real and important changes begin with small, courageous acts. It’s never too late in your story to take a step away from fear.”
Chip notes the early failures of many people who later went on to achieve greatness. He uses Michael Jordan as one example. Michael was “cut from his high school basketball team and still went on to become arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.” Chip recalls his desire to be a great baseball player, and had much success working out with his dad. He got to play college ball, but was cut from the team in his early years at college.
When you experience a sudden, unexpected decline, you can sit around and mope, or get to work using your skills to achieve something. Become an expert at what you do, and don’t worry so much about your title: “Make yourself irreplaceable to your company, and you will have your choice of titles that can’t define you.”
Chip admits some really bone-headed ideas that he and his wife tried early-on, only to later realize they had made a big mistake. For instance, wanting to be more ecologically sound, they bought a new machine for their business, which turned out to be a really bad idea: “We invested in this amazing machine that converted used boxes into packing materials. What we didn’t consider was how much shipping would cost to ship with all of that heavy cardboard packing material.”
So all in all, I found CAPITAL GAINES to be an interesting, easy read recounting the author’s successes and failures, with some decent business tips thrown in. The author includes many more stories just like the “packing material” machine mistake. I appreciate the author’s humility in sharing the mistakes he made. Chip Gaines comes across as a likeable, encouraging man.
Advance Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.
Just finished reading this gem in one sitting. What a beautiful genuine book on overcoming fear and taking a risk of being who God created you to be!
Wisdom and experience is bleeding thru the pages as you read hilarious and cringing experiences that Chip went thru. God has seasoned him with profound outlook on life and very encouraging inspirations for the reader.
As a Christian with an entrepreneurial calling I find this book so valuable and beautiful.
Chip's integrity, humility and humor make this read very difficult to put down.
I wanted to buy this book mainly because I am starting a business. I'm a 35 year old wife and stay at home/homeschool mom, with 4 young children in Iowa. I've always been in awe of Chip because of his amazing ability to always see the best in people and his "can do & happy" attitude.
As I read this book I could hear it in his voice, sharing his experiences and his heart in such an authentic way. It felt like he was talking directly to me. Their books have helped me to see that the talent and heart that I have are there for a reason. They've helped me see that I've been hearing from God all along about what I'm supposed to do. And they've helped me see that if Joanna and Chip can be successful...than I can too. I don't want a tv show. But I do want to change the world. My world of people I can reach.
Chip and Joanna, WE were born for such a time as this. Thank you so much for these books. They have had a tremendous impact on my life and I hope to live and work out of the courage you have given me to spring board into what is in my heart for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for writing this and your first book, for loving your family, for following the voice of God and for not compromising. I'm excited to follow your story for the rest of my life.♡