The _____ and the Restless

I like restless people.

By that, I don’t mean people who can’t settle down, concentrate, and get things done. That may call for ADHD medication, or at the very least, some maturation in self-discipline!

What I mean is that I am attracted to folks who ask questions. Who don’t assume the status quo. Who not only think different, and see different, but want to make things different. And can’t abide waiting around for others.

You may be younger, older, male, female, black, white, liberal, conservative, rich, poor – the key thing is, are you restless? If so, you can’t sit still. You are purpose-full. You prefer to brainstorm new realities than whine about current limitations.

Add focus and drive and smarts to restless, and such people get things done.

Restless people succeed (well, usually!). Restless people start restless companies that succeed. Restless people look at a nine-inch diameter pie and say, “Why can’t this be twice as big a pie and a bunch more people share it, and then make their own pies?” Restless people build movements. And they do so with other restless folks.

I’m more restless than I’ve ever been. How about you?


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6 Responses to The _____ and the Restless

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  2. Yep…restless. I believe restlessness runs through the veins and arteries of creative folks and you are certainly that, Steve. To make my restlessness more transformational than distracting, I’ve adopted curiosity as a spiritual practice. When feeling restless, I direct that energy by asking, “What’s up?”

  3. Jeanne Male says:

    A wonderful resource for creatively channeling restlessness or indecision – check out the book, “Accidental Genius” by Mark Levy. A way to tap revolutionary ideas from you subconscious mind.

    Sincerely yours,
    The upper-middle aged and the restless

    • Mark Levy says:

      Thanks for mentioning my book on freewriting, Jeanne. As you point out, one of the keys to the technique is that it welcomes, what Steve beautifully calls, restlessness.

      When many of us sit down to write or think up new ideas, we damn ourselves if our minds start going off track. We think, “Ugh, I’m on deadline to get this proposal out the door, but here I am thinking about my inventory, that business trip I have to take, and that episode of “30 Rock” I watched last night. What’s wrong with me?”

      Really, though, our minds were made to go off on tangents, to diverge, to be restless. That’s how we think up new thoughts and spot opportunities no one else has spotted. We start accidentally combining ideas that don’t normally go together, and look at situations from odd restlessness-inspired angles.

      If it weren’t for our restlessness, we’d be thinking and doing the same things over and over again. Too much single-pointed focus would make us boring and drive us nuts.

      Anyway, thanks again, Jeanne, and Steve — wonderful post.

      • Mark – wonderful thoughts. I’ve allowed my mind room to roam more than usual for the last week and a half, and the results have been frighteningly wonderful…!

  4. Joseph Ruiz says:

    Yep restless is a perfect description. I like Meredith’s concept of adopting the spiritual practice. I am really grateful you mentioned it because if feels like there are others on the journey. I have to say what I am feeling is an optimistic restlessness one that drives me to change we I would otherwise be content to stay in the comfortable rut. I suppose another term would be growth.


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