Chip Gaines wasn’t kidding around when he said he was going to reveal some of his biggest mistakes in his new book, aptly titled Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned From Doing Stupid Stuff.
And, yes, he’s done some foolish things.
Luckily, it seems he made the right moves when it came to dating and marrying his wife, Joanna, though there were some bumps in the road.
In the book, Chip recounts a moment when the couple’s relationship was at a crossroads. Chip explains the two had been dating for six months when Chip decided to leave his business endeavors in Joanna’s hands while he traveled to Mexico for a three-month language-immersion trip.
Turns out, Chip didn’t plan his getaway so well and Joanna felt the strain.
Chip writes she called him and said, “…You have three days to get back to Texas, or this relationship is over.”
“My heart broke,” Chip writes. “There are hard moments in life when you see yourself for the tonto that you are. This all felt so much bigger than a few bounced checks… It became my mission to prove to Jo, my parents, her parents, and myself that I could do this — that I was the real deal, and I wouldn’t stop until I made this entrepreneurial dream of mine a reality.”
Looks like he listened to Joanna’s threats because the two ended up with their happily ever after, and Chip proved he could accomplish his “entrepreneurial dream.”
In the book, Chip shares other tidbits about his relationship with Joanna, including the fact that it wasn’t love at first sight.
“The first time I saw Joanna, I knew for sure that I wanted to date her, but I wouldn’t say I knew for sure that she was ‘the one,'” Chip explains. “Several dates in, I still wasn’t plotting to buy the ring.”
But now that they are together, Chip writes that their differences make them strong as a couple. “They say opposites attract. I don’t know what kind of research has been conducted to back up this theory, but if mine and Jo’s relationship is any sort of testament, that statement couldn’t be more accurate. During our dating years, it was glaringly obvious how different we were from each other. She’s a quiet, detailed, cautiously safe door locker, and I’m a wild, obnoxious break-every-rule-in-the-book risk taker.”
Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned From Doing Stupid Stuff is available now.