Name: Christopher Oosthuisen
Title: CEO of HeyLudwig, COO of ToyUp, Productions Manager of Partners Dog Training School, CEO of EditAddict.com
City you live in: Cave Creek, Arizona
A typical day in my life includes…
okay, you ready? We’re getting DETAILED!
8-9am: Wake up, “Good Morning Alexa”, lights on, music loud, answer email, check schedule, get out of bed, shower, brush teeth, respond back to email, protein shake, drive to a school for testing with ToyUp.
9-9:30am: Audiobook on 2x speed, stop at Dutch bros…large, light-iced, extra sweet, peach, black tea and a blueberry muffin (I love muffins). Caffeine Level: approx. 150mg.
9:30-10:30: Beta testing with students, answer a few more emails.
10:30-11am: Back to audiobook at 2x speed, another stop at Dutch Bros. Caffeine Level: approx. 300mg.
11am-12pm: Fix 1-3 problems via email, eat lunch (most likely leftover steak and potatoes from the night before), watch CNBC.
12-1pm: Prepare a marketing campaign.
1-2pm: Analyze results from the previous campaign.
2-3pm: Analyze sales calls from the day before.
3-4pm: Add tasks for my assistants.
4-5pm: Check metrics of sales/leads, answer more emails, misc. tasks.
5-6pm: Take a nap (sleep is SO important, don’t overlook it).
6-6:10pm: Get ready for the gym.
6:10-6:30pm: Drive to gym, audiobook on 2x speed.
6:30-8:30pm: Take pre-workout (thank God for pre-workout), work out, answer emails between sets, misc. research, writing, music LOUD. Caffeine Level: approx. 650mg
8:30-9:15pm: steam-room, shower, protein shake, Audiobook on 2x.
9:15-9:30pm: drive to Dutch Bros, Audiobook, another tea! Caffeine Level: approx. 800mg.
9:30-10pm: First developer meeting for ToyUp.
10-10:30pm: Second developer meeting for HeyLudwig.
10:30-1:30am: Eat dinner, misc. tasks for ToyUp and HeyLudwig, cold emails, prepare marketing campaign, write more content for HeyLudwig, record more content for ToyUp, answer more emails, code, music on LOUD, snacks, water and tea.
1:30-2am: Phone away, Shower, brush teeth, “Goodnight Alexa”, lights down, Enya plays softly, SLEEP! And repeat.
#sorrynotsorry for the long answer but I wanted to break down what can be achieved when you utilize every moment productively.
I was born…
in Scottsdale, Arizona.
My favorite thing about Arizona…
is the weather! Also, I love the vibe of this state. You can go out if needed, work if needed, see the countryside, drive to the beach, drive to the snow, or just hang out with friends. I’ve traveled all over the world, but this is the one place I’ll always have a home.
I’m listening to…
100 audiobooks this year! Everything from business to dog training, to coding, and personal development. If you want my Audiobook recommendations DM me on Instagram @chris85258 or check out my website christopheroosthuisen.com.
immigrated here from South Africa and are incredibly important to me. They are unbelievably supportive and I can never repay that. They inspire and push me every day to work harder than I ever though possible.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…
Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos. Man, would that be an incredible meal. So much so, I probably wouldn’t even eat.
One thing I cannot live without…
is work. It’s probably unhealthy how much I love working. It’s all I think about during the day and all I dream about at night. My friends make fun of me whenever I do go out because I’m usually answering emails in the club. I’m weird, I get that, but while most kids my age are trying to figure out which bar they’re visiting tonight, I’m trying to decipher how to improve my companies to serve more people in the world.
When I was younger, I wanted to be…
an Entrepreneur. I grew up immersed in this environment, and from day one, I knew that I would follow the same path as my family.
I’m inspired by…
other Entrepreneurs. We will work hardest for the fewest results. Though, it does take a different breed of person. While Entrepreneurship is hot right now, everyone wants to do it. However, when times are tough, we will see the true Entrepreneurs rise.
The one person who motivates me is…
my dad. Of course, all of my family and shareholders motivate me as well, but my dad is the one person that inspires me to push harder than anyone else.
If I could change anything in the world, it would be…
our education system. Times are changing, and the ability to memorize and parrot information will soon become inept. We need to focus on soft skills, personalized education and utilizing technology effectively in schools.
The perfect day would be…
working, gym and then seeing friends.
My first job was…
a dog trainer at Partners Dog Training School…at age 3. Yes, really! From the age of 3, I’ve been training and working with dogs. Though, I believe I was only on payroll at age 16.
My favorite escape…
is the gym. It’s truly the BEST release and keeps me sane. I gather my best ideas with 100s of milligrams of caffeine pulsing through my body and the ability to work off any frustration.
is amazing. I’m doing what I want, when I want, and loving EVERY moment of it. In my opinion, when you’ve achieved that, you’ve won. It’s by no means “easy”, but I love the journey and the losses just as much as the wins.
I’m currently working on…
my startups, brand and future.
love what you do.
“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”- Jeff Bezos
is to take my companies public, and then do that again, and again and again.
My Pet Peeve(s)…
is complaining. ESPECIALLY if you’re complaining and not doing anything to fix what you’re complaining about.
More about Christopher…
Christopher Oosthuisen grew up in a family of Entrepreneurs. His family immigrated from South Africa and have worked their faces off ever since.
Christopher got his first taste of Entrepreneurship at the age of 14 when he started shooting competitively. By 16, he was ranked number 1 in the COUNTRY for his category and started reaching out to sponsors to continue his sport. Pursuing the startup of himself he was making $50-60k a year in sponsorship deals. He delved more into photography and videography, and by 18 he created his first startup, a photo editing service for anyone to obtain professional looks. He was later published on Times Square.
During his time at college, he started two more companies and spent 6 months in Silicon Valley which introduced him to the world of technology and venture capital. At the age of 21, Christopher has graduated ASU with a degree in Entrepreneurship and is working on his 3rd and 4th startup. The first is an AI Ed Tech platform for children to learn through real-world exploration. The second is an AI dog trainer that personalizes curriculums based on a dog’s behavioral traits. He also runs the marketing and sales for his family’s company doing 7 figures and growing 20% each year.
Lastly, he is starting his career in Angel Investing and will be increasing his portfolio by 4 companies this year. Christopher and his father, Leighton, also have a podcast where they discuss different aspects of their life.
Christopher is extremely clued up in investing, scale, growth-hacking, efficiency, culture-building, and other core aspects of business with his goal of building and selling billion dollar companies.