Chip Gaines on Building a Strong Foundation

Chip Gaines on Building a Strong Foundation

This episode is sponsored by Gusto.

The risk is worth the reward is a motto that Chip Gaines, the co-host of HGTV’s wildly popular Fixer Upper, has always lived by. Gaines chats with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis about working together successfully with his wife, Joanna, and his experiences in business. The author of the newly released Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, Gaines gives his advice for new entrepreneurs and shares his secret for making sure he gets the most out of each day.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the January 2018 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Josh shares with Chip a famous Zig Ziglar quote that gives him an “a-ha” moment.
  • Chip discusses the role of vulnerability and openness in entrepreneurship, why it’s been so integral to Chip and Joanna’s success, and the unfortunate downside of it.
  • Chip shares the true purpose behind his passion of fixing up homes: It’s about people at home. “For us, good things happen at home. It’s where life happens, it’s where love happens,” Chip says.
  • The home builder shares advice for making a mindset shift into entrepreneurship.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“I’m a firm believer that the only thing I can control on a daily basis is my attitude.”

— Chip Gaines

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Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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