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One half of the Fixer-Upper duo shared an inspiring story about how his life didn’t go as planned but ended up better than he could have ever imagined.

Perri Ormont Blumberg

‘Fixer Upper’ may be ending, but Chip and Joanna Gaines are showing no signs of slowing down. Next Tuesday, October 17th, Chip’s new book Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, will be released, and the 42-year-old dad is toasting his latest tome in a major way.

Last week, he penned a thoughtful note on instagram with a picture of himself in front of his alma mater, Baylor University.

“In college one of my lifelong dreams of playing baseball didn’t quite play out how I’d hoped it would. But had it not been for that Baylor baseball team, I never would’ve fallen in love with Waco, Texas,” he wrote. “And without Waco, I never would’ve met Jo. My point is that taking the first step toward a dream is the hardest part. The fear of failure will eat you alive if you let it. But even if it doesn’t play out, keep your head up. I find success is just around the corner.”

Indeed, from the Cameron Park Zoo and Waco Mammoth National Monument to the Dr. Pepper Museum, there’s no shortage of reason to fall in love with this central Texas town perched on the Brazos River.

Chip shared the heartfelt note in honor of a contest he’s kicked off at chip-starter.com to celebrate his new book. The contest asks fans to make a video describing a dream of theirs—whether it’s a unique business idea or wild fantasy of skateboarding across America—for an opportunity to make it a reality.

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This weekend at Chip and Jo’s 3rd Annual Silobration, finalists will participate in an on-stage interview and two grand prize winners will be selected live in Waco. The king and queen of HGTV have a stellar record for creating dream-come-true-style homes for their clients so we’re certain these two winners are in for an awesome surprise—whatever their dreams may be!