• No Pain, No Gaines

  • The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (940 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller! In a world that feels increasingly disconnected, it’s time to reclaim a life of rich, authentic connection—because we are all made better when we trust one another and work together.

In his most vulnerable book to date, Chip Gaines opens up about his lifelong pursuit of building relationships with people from all walks of life. Chip emphasizes the importance of seeing people for who they are and not for what they can do for you, enabling you to build a strong community and a life of meaning, joy, and connection.

How does it happen? By being intentional about choosing the company you keep. Chip explains the value of seeking out people who are electrified by living according to their purpose, who will stand beside you as you tackle new challenges, and who bet on each other instead of the status quo. The key is being true to yourself, figuring out what you want to do with your life, and finding people who will lift you up along the way.

No Pain, No Gaines will open your eyes to valuable lessons, including how to:

  • Find the risks worth taking
  • Value what you bring to the table
  • Resist the status quo
  • Look outside yourself and your circle and foster connections with others
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortably kind
  • Live life fully awake, not asleep at the wheel

A good life doesn't always come easy, but that's because the good stuff never does. It requires faith in people. It requires faith in yourself. It requires hope. And it requires a willingness to grow even when it hurts. In No Pain, No Gaines, through hard-won lessons and personal stories all told with his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, Chip Gaines will coach you on how to make your life rich and your relationships run deep.

Accompanying interactive components are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

©2021 Chip Gaines (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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Oh shucks!

Wanted to love it..like the last books.. which I read from cover to cover NONSTOP!! This book is full of cliches. Great advice in it for children and teenagers and his kids will love reading it.. but after his “air heart” to Nancy Pelosi paragraph I lost interest because I didn’t want to read this book and hear anything about political.. just been too much of that in the news lately. But I kept reading/listening only to be more disappointed.

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Great read! Worth the wait (preordered)

In True Chip fashion. Humor and honestly with a few surprises, I preordered this book a few months ago and it was worth the wait. Thank you!

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Authentic and real

Parts of this were exactly what I needed to hear, and best part is I didn't even realize I needed to hear them until I did. I found myself stopping what I was doing to really let what was being said to be absorbed, then was surprised at the impact those words had once I let them settle. I definitely feel like others will come away with similar feelings, and sincerely hope Chip continues to write in the future.

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This book definitely came at a good time!

Chip always makes you feel like you know him, want to know him, is your buddy & everything is gonna be OK!!

Thank you all for a great ‘walking buddy’. This book made me find excuses to get outside & finish it!! Loved it all!

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Genuine, Feel good. Enjoy his perspective

You feel good when you listen to Chip. He’s so genuine. He helps to put things into perspective. Such a good heart. I want to be a part of his network, and by listening to him or watching him and his family.. you feel like your a part of his network in a small way.

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A staple that everyone needs to read!

Just wow. This was an awesome book, full of tons of thought provoking material! Creating a wonderful call to action in readers to grow and challenge themselves while sharing his personal experience. There is so much to say about this book, it’s a wonderful journey!

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  • 03-23-21

Just finished and starting it over again!

Loved this book!! I need the hard copy on my shelf now. there are so many valuable lessons to take from Chip. I'll be a repeat listener to this one!! highly recommend!

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Changes the way you look at your people connections.

I love listening to Chip and Jo talk, such beautiful souls. Their stories are nothing short of inspirational. This one was special because you get to hear from parents and siblings too. I love Chip’s view on human connections and how we can all help each other become better people.

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Love The Gaines!

Everyone should listen to this book! Very inspiring. This would be a great addition to add to required high school reading! Love listening to all of Chip's books. Thank you for your point of view and much needed words of encouragment going out into our world.

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Great book for living a life true to yourself


Chips book is very inspiring and full of motivating stories and quotes. He teaches many life lessons that can be applied to your every day life that will make you a better person and also help you reach your dreams. The way he speaks his words instills confidence in yourself to go out and take on anything you have ever dreamed of. I highly recommend both of his books for those just starting out in life in those like me, who in my 50s, is still searching and chasing my dream.

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  • Steph Williams
  • 04-02-21

Uplifting and motivational listen

I am very fond of Chip. I started watching Fixer Upper because of my love of interiors but that soon changed to watching it because of Chip and Joanna and their infectious personalities. Chip is hilarious and a goofball so when I saw this book was coming out I couldn't wait to read (listen) about what makes Chip, Chip. He has such a zest for life and after listening to his interpretation of the world I can't help but feel like my outlook on life and how I will now choose to live it has changed. I truly believe this will make me a better person. I've never been uncomfortably kind I don't think, maybe once or twice, but I endeavour to do it a whole lot more. I plan to rethink my network, who's in it and who it might be lacking and the next opportunity I get to change it for the better I'll make sure I grab by the horns.
Listening to Chip narrate his story made it such an easy listen, it felt like a conversation with a friend more than anything. I listened to the whole thing in about 4 days whilst out walking my dogs. And it actually made me walk more because I wanted to keep listening, so there you go Chip it also helped me exercise more, win win!!!
Thank you for taking the time to write this book, I hope it has as big an impact on everyone else who reads/listens. I may be going back to re-listen a couple more times.
Best wishes, Stephanie (Manchester, UK 🇬🇧)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-22

Authentic and full of Passion

I loved how authentic and passionate Chip is, in life, work and in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-22

Breath of fresh air

A book full of practical ways to think about your purpose in life. Chip is great to listen to & he articulates well, the idea of being authentic in business, in life for others as well as yourself. The concept of “uncomfortably kind” sticks with me the most and resonates particularly well in this covid climate. If you love Chip & Jo, you’ll love this book & maybe even come out with a few business tips as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-22

Big Gaines in this book!

Loved it! Motivating with that famous go get after it spirit. I Highly Recommended it.

Now it's time to go and build my network.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-21

If you are not growing, you are dieing

This book is a must read. It encourages you to live an authentic life. Letting your dreams, desires and business ideas be your guide. Take calculated risks and live out your dreams, desires without cookie mould plans and expectations but just your own God given creativity and purpose in life.
Lastly, never doubt your small beginnings and relationships in life are important especially the one with your non negotiable relationships.
Thank you for being inspired to write this amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

Meh

It's ok, but I wouldn't buy it again. Takes a while to get to the point and rambles a bit.