Book Review: Capital Gaines

34460629.jpgI’m pretty sure one of the most well loved couples is Chip and Joanna Gaines with Fixer Upper on HGTV. They are hilarious, beautiful, and so entertaining to watch. They built Magnolia from the ground up and hearing their story is inspiring.

Chip Gaines tells his story and it is  so goofy Chip. We get his story on starting his multiple businesses, meeting Joanna, and building Magnolia. We get the inside story into Chip’s mind and how it works. He’s real, he’s raw, and he’s along for the ride.

Chip’s view to life is to learn as you go. That’s how he learned. He owned multiple businesses and when he took off to Mexico to learn Spanish, he found out that his bookkeeping was pretty much nonexistent. It took Joanna and her family to get him on track financially and successfully. With Joanna’s knowledge of accounting, Chip was able to build and blossom businesses and sell them for a profit.

Most of life’s most difficult and long lasting lessons are learned the hard way. And that’s what Chip encourages. Yes, he has done so stupid stuff that he would never do again, but he learned those valuable lessons.

Chip takes this approach to his employee’s as well. He will ask them to do something, and they will need to go through some lengths to find the answer. But when this issue comes up again, they are prepared for it. Personally, I think this is a great way to learn. I have a Bachelor’s degree, but most of my knowledge has been learned on the job and not in a classroom.

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines receives 3.5 stars.


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