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An Exploration of the Most Abstract of Topics: My Future

  • Class: Intro to Business - Viking Explorers 2
  • Educator: Lisa Parker
  • Home Base: Vanden High School

My Roadmap

I mashed up my Interests to direct me down my own road. Take the Roadmap quiz for yourself!


Being Physically Acive

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Environment & Nature




Being Creative



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My Manifesto

My Manifesto

One of my greatest fears in life is to wake up unsatisfied with the life I lead. I don’t want to let the opportunities I receive to pursue my passion slip away, and I don’t want to live a life void of that passion. Therefore, I will refuse to allow any of my chances to slip away without clinging to them with all of my being. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, but I’ve found that that’s completely okay. As it turns out, what matters in life is to find passion and to run with it. No matter how long it takes me to do such, I will find what it is I want to do with my abilities in life. My success will be measured in the satisfaction of both myself and others, rather than numbers and statistics. Most importantly though, I will pursue a life that allows me to truly shine as an individual with her own abilities, weaknesses, and ambitions.

Leader Interview

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Dennis Sheil

Abstract Artist

Mr. Sheil paints abstract art, expressing his feelings or a story, and he enters them into galleries where they are then displayed and sold.

What type of route did this leader take?

  • It was straightforward

    "It was straightforward."

  • It was windy

    "It took a while to figure out."

  • It was circuitous

    "I tried everything."

Leader's Work Life

Every day is different for Mr. Sheil. On the days that he paints, he goes through his daily routine just as he would any other day. Once his creative juices get flowing, he goes to his home studio to start working on a painting or to continue a piece (he has several paintings going at once due to layering and such). He turns on his music, and starts painting. He starts off by just putting paint on canvas, without prior planning, based on his mood and/or the music he's listening to. He paints for a couple of hours, all day, at night, or whenever else he feels like painting.

Leader's Noise

Dennis' noise was not other people (nor himself) saying that he couldn't do this or that, but instead was his workload. He used to work full-time and ran two separate restaurants. He was concerned that all of that, on top of trying to pursue art, would stretch him too thin.

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Advice from my Leader

To students who are unsure what they want to do with their lives, Dennis says to "Follow your passion." He's had jobs in the past, he says, that he took just because it was a paying job. His work was void of passion, though. Sheil's advice to aspiring artists is to start off where you're comfortable artistically. Whether that be photography, painting, drawing, sculpting, or anything in between, that's where you start... "Paint from the heart, paint what makes you happy. Don't care what anybody else thinks."

My Cold-Calls

My Cold-Calls

I had a bit of a Warm-Lead with my interviewee, but I was still extremely nervous. I'd have to say that it was very useful having a script to go off of, and that if you think of it more as a "professional" conversation (not something stressful and super important) it helps to ease your nerves.

Before and After


Before my Leader Interview I thought that I didn't have many choices career-wise, and I thought that it was odd for a high school student to not know what they want to do with their life, but now I realize that it's quite the contrary... Not only do I have plenty of choices (so long as I work for them), but it's perfectly normal for a high school student to be unsure as to what they want to pursue. I also thought passion to be a minor factor in choosing a path in life, but after listening to Mr. Sheil speak of passion so fondly I realized that it is quite the contrary.