I'm looking for an adjective that describes someone who is never at rest; they are constantly thinking of / planning to do something positive. 'Scheme' or 'plot' would work, but those two words have an inherent negative connotation.

  • I'd call him/her a miracle! – user15851 Nov 30 '14 at 7:52
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    Could you give an example of what the positive things might be? I might have several suitable suggestions but they may not be appropriate. – Mari-Lou A Nov 30 '14 at 8:31
  • @Tanninah - I'd call him/her irritating to have around. – Hot Licks Nov 30 '14 at 12:42
  • Like the movie Amélie (2001)? – TRomano Nov 30 '14 at 13:47
  • Would something like "Inspiring" be what you are looking for? – 7caifyi Nov 30 '14 at 17:50

I think the word you are looking for is enterprising. Entrepreneurial is also good, but the connotations are more financially focused.


You are looking to define two different dimensions

  1. Cunning, shrewd, imaginative.

  2. Active, activist, motivated, engaged.


  • A good leader is cunning dealing with adversaries, shrewd when interacting with allies and imaginative in treating the issues of society.

  • An effective leader is active in anticipating problems, activist in exposing and overturning ineffective practices, motivated in improving the conditions of society, and engaged in the efforts that would lead to the proper functioning of society.


Powerhouse - a highly energetic and indefatigable person.

Similar options:

  • Dynamo (or human dynamo)
  • Live wire

Powerhouse and Human Dynamo both stress the constant creativity. All the above have positive connotations.

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