About the Authors

In this joint effort with his teenage son Tim, entrepreneur and thought leader Rich Christiansen shares a unique and personal view on successfully parenting todays millennials.  Through a collection of engaging stories and parables, Rich and Tim provide “Power Tools” teaching the principles of perseverance, goal setting, self-discipline, determination , business creation, integrity, and forgiveness.    Their message is bolstered with unconditional love and support.  The message in this book will resonate with parents, teens, and their families.     Even If Your Toes Turn Purple, combines proven parenting philosophies with a modern, millennial approach in a fun and engaging way.

This book will encourage and help you:

  • Build Enduring Relationships With Your Teens
  • Ignite Deep Rooted Values In A Troubled World
  • Inspire Your Kids to be Engaged and Responsible
  • Teach You How to Help Your Teens Soar


Richard J. Christiansen is the national best selling author of The Zigzag Principle (McGraw Hill, 2011). He has founded or co-founded 49 businesses, of which 16 have become multimillion-dollar successes. He is a voracious philanthropist.   Much of his life has been focused on lifting, building, and mentoring youth. He and his wife are the parents of five sons as well as an adopted daughter from Nepal.  He is passionate about educating youth in third world countries.  Together with his family, Rich loves to spelunk slot canyons and crest the summits of high mountain peaks.  Long boarding weekly with his two youngest sons and zipping down the ski slopes like a teenager are among his hobbies. He is a passionate golfer and loves fast cars.  Currently, he does business in 14 countries and is a principle founder of HooDoo Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm.



Tim Christiansen spends his free time playing the banjo, shooting his bow and arrow and hanging out with friends. He is fun loving and a true friend.  Tim enjoys gummy bears, hiking, and reading. He is an Eagle Scout, an excelling student, and an accomplished goofball. Tim believes in the power and potential of the youth today. He dares to be rare and looks to a bright future.