Nolan Bushnell doesn't have to worry about a legacy as an entrepreneur. He's already got several.
But the creator of Atari, Chuck E. Cheese's and several other ventures (including his latest, Brainrush, a site focused on learning games) isn't someone who enjoys sitting around. Instead, he focuses much of his time on figuring out what business to start next.
"A lot of the time, I've been marinating business plans," he said. "I'll write a two- or three-page plan based on an idea I've had. Then, instead of acting on it immediately, I put it on the shelf. Eventually, one will choose me."
So far, he's had a pretty good run of things. With Atari, Bushnell became one of the fathers of the home video game industry. Even in the age of Xbox, PlayStation and virtual reality, the Atari 2600 is one of the first systems to spring to many people's minds when you talk about games. And Chuck E. Cheese's quickly became a go-to destination for children and parents nationwide.
Along the way, Bushnell learned several lessons. Among the biggest, he said, were these.