Thursday, April 22, 2021

No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy by Chip Gaines

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

Chip Gaines likes to sweat. 

That’s been true ever since he was a little pint-sized hustler selling candy and Capri Suns down at the public tennis courts in northeast Texas. You’ve probably seen him sweat on his television show, Fixer Upper. Deep in his bones he has always known that hard work yields great results, even when there’s little observable evidence of it. On the cusp of launching into what might be the hardest work he and his wife, Joanna, have ever done—building a network—Chip realized that none of it would be possible without his network of people.

Call it a network, a community, a home team. We’ve all got one. Today it might be made up of your family, your neighbors, the people you work with. But if you want a network that will pull you into a life of meaning, a life of joy and connection, you need to be intentional about choosing the people in it. People who are enlivened and electrified by the power of living according to their purpose, who are always in pursuit of lifelong learning, and who have a sincere belief that relationships are more than transactions. Chip Gaines has been building that kind of network his whole life, and he can tell you, it doesn’t come easy.

To say it requires sweat equity would be an understatement. It requires faith in people. It requires hope. And it requires a willingness to grow even when it hurts. From hard-won lessons and personal stories from Chip, No Pain, No Gaines is a by-the-bootstraps manual for building a network you can count on.

my thoughts:

I was a fan of Fixer Upper and I am in LOVE with all things Hearth and Hand with Magnolia at Target.  So, to say I was excited to read No Pain, No Gaines is a bit of an understatement. As soon as I received my copy, I settled into a cozy corner and started to read. I didn't stop reading until I turned the very last page later that night. I just loved reading Chip's personal stories and his advice - he's all about creating a strong network of people to have in your life, along with staying true to your self.  No Pain, No Gaines is part memoir, part self-help and it is a fantastic read. I absolutely LOVED it!

Chip shares his struggles, failures, and his successes in his book. We learn about how he had to pivot rather swiftly once he realized that baseball was not going to be his future. We read about what woke him up to realizing that life is right in front of you and happening all around you - pay attention.  He writes with such honesty and humor, that you can't help but enjoy the conversational tone of the book. No Pain, No Gaines is an engaging read that provides some interesting food for thought. I certainly enjoyed reading the bits about the Magnolia Network and how you have to just go for it - bigger dreams can come true. 

I would definitely recommend No Pain, No Gaines for fans of Chip Gaines and anyone looking for their next self-help book - you will LOVE this book!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Lark said...

Glad you enjoyed this one! Chip and Joanna Gaines seem so down-to-earth and like such good people. And they have such a cute family. :)

Sara Strand said...

Thank you for being on this tour! This sounds like such a great read. Sara @ TLC Book Tours