To succeed in business, you need to be flexible and have good planning and organizational skills.
Many people start a business thinking that they’ll turn on their computers or open their doors, click a few places on the web and start making money immediately, only to find that making money in an online business, or any other business out there is much more difficult than they thought.
You can avoid the frustrations and hiccups in your business ventures by taking your time and planning out all the necessary steps you need to achieve success. I bet you would want to run a successful business with few to no hiccups, right?
Then this book is going to come in handy for you in this area.
In my Capital Gaines book review, I will take you through what the book is, what it talks about, the major lessons the book has for budding businesspeople, the best place to buy it and finally my thoughts about the book.
Lets get started with this right away.
Name: Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff
Author: Chip Gaines
Best place to buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
What the Gist of Capital Gaines Book is
This is a book that is perfect for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but also, more importantly, in life.
In Capital Gaines, the author relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way and he reveals exactly how he executed them to become successful.
They are things you find quite insightful and full of wisdom.
The author, 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 five in Waco, Texas.
He is the co-owner and co-founder of Magnolia Homes, and co-stars in HGTV’s Fixer Upper with his wife Joanna.
Chip was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Dallas.
He graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a Marketing degree. An entrepreneur by nature, Chip has started more successful small businesses than you could count on both hands, including Green and Gold Wash and Fold, a local Waco laundry service geared toward college students, a fireworks stand and multiple landscaping companies.
That’s why I would find it wise to trust his advice when it comes to business.
If you’ve thought about it, Chip’s life took quite a unique path.
Having grown up spending time on his granddad’s ranch in North Texas, Chip became a true cowboy at heart. He was made for hard labor and always preferred digging ditches to academic pursuits.
Let us face it, that is not common of people in this generation. Yet, he ended up running businesses that has employed quite a number of college graduates.
He has 15 years of experience in the field and has remodeled hundreds of homes in the Waco-area. His design preference is “whatever Joanna likes,” and he always comes up with a “creative solution” that saves the day and helps Joanna make the impossible possible.
He is quite a humorous guy when it comes to working with team players. But amidst the jokes, he makes sure that things are done the right way.
He is also a good family man, who has greatly bonded with his wife and four kids.
What The Book Talks About (Lessons from the book)
I have to say that the book drags along with it a lot of valuable lessons that give unique perspectives to approaching certain aspects of any business out there. While I can’t be able to list all the lessons I found exceptional as they are a mouthful, allow me to list some of the ones that really hit home for me.
Here they are:
“Seeing the bad in the world and in people isn’t difficult or wise or insightful—it’s lazy. Finding the good in every scenario typically takes a lot more work. But the rewards of peace and joy and hope are so worth the effort.”
“If there’s something stirring in you now, and you know what it is, do that. There’s no need to overthink it. A mistake here and there isn’t going to kill you, so don’t waste time worrying about that.”
“It’s infinitely better to fail with courage than to sit idle with fear, because only one of these gives you the slightest chance to live abundantly. And if you do fail, then the worst-case scenario is that you’ll learn something from it. You’re for sure not going to learn jack squat from sitting still and playing it safe.”
“The way I see it, there’s work and then there’s work. And there’s a big difference between your work and your job. A job is a task done for an agreed-upon price, and work is the effort directed toward accomplishing a goal.”
See what I mean?
This guy is really experienced!
A job is something you do for money. Your life’s work is done for a bigger purpose, to fulfil a calling or a dream. And when you manage to find that work—that’s when it starts feeling like play. This is what you should aim for, getting comfort from your work, as this is what brings success.
Here are some more:
“Don’t allow yourself to get stuck grinding away on the job piece and lose sight of the work piece, the one that truly matters. There’s nothing admirable or respectable about laying yourself down, day in and day out, for a job you hate—not if you have a choice.”
“I understand that there are extenuating circumstances that can prevent you from being able to take that leap. But if you are sticking it out because of fear or passivity, there’s nothing heroic about that. Do work that matters to you.”
“Perhaps you can’t quit your day job, and I understand that. But never, ever quit your day dream. God’s grace lasts as long as it is required. But when the grace and peace start to go, it’s a good time to evaluate if God is still in what you’re doing.”
“Not one of us is getting any younger, and waiting for your “perfect moment” or for the “most convenient time” could very well turn into a missed opportunity.”
“If there are no opposing views, no fresh vantage points, then there is no stretching beyond myself. No growth. No change.”
“When an uncovered passion sits dormant inside you and then someone calls it out, all of a sudden that’s all you can think about.”
“Each time you muster up what it takes and go for it, the next go-round becomes that much easier. Real and important changes begin with small, courageous acts.”
“For people with a winner mentality, there’s a positive waiting for you no matter the outcome. For those with a loser mentality, if there’s a negative outcome anywhere along the way, you perceive that you’ve lost. That’s why I always say winning and losing isn’t an event; it’s a mind-set.”
“Every ounce of energy you invest in pursuing your goals will help you grow toward God’s plan for you even if you end up somewhere you hadn’t counted on.”
“Complacency is the enemy, and getting started is as triumphant as crossing the finish line.”
I believe you can agree with me that Chip”s mindset is quite inspiring.
And I only scratched the surface with the quotes. There’s a lot more golden nuggets you are going to get from the book. You will see this when you get to read the book.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The place I encourage you to get the book from is on Amazon. It is my personal favorite online store and it comes in handy when you want to do more shopping other than just the book. So if you were planning to buy more stuff online in addition to the book, I would say Amazon is your best bet.
There is also a summary book of this book that cuts across the book and gives you the gist and weighty points you would want to use to make change in your life. It is also on Amazon and is something I recommend if you are those people who like having most moving points somewhere for constant reference.
My Personal Thoughts on the Book
According to the previous books I have read on making business success, I would say this one has offered more effective strategies and thought process that are geared towards success. They touch on the things most successful businessmen like Warren Buffet and the rest keep on stressing, and even more.
This is a book I loved and which I strongly recommend you read if you want to become an authoritative guy in your area of interest.
I hope you found this review useful to you.
If you have any questions or would need help with the book, other business success related books or self improvement in general, be sure to let me know in the comments below. I would love to help. Cheers. 🙂