Nolan Bushnell Quotes

A compilation of the top 30 Nolan Bushnell quotes.

Nolan Bushnell is an American businessman and electrical engineer who was born on February 5, 1943. He founded Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre franchise.
Bushnell was inducted into the Video Game and Consumer Electronics Association Halls of Fame.
He was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America” and awarded the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award

Nolan Bushnell is on the Anti-Aging Games board of directors. In 2012, he launched Brainrush, an educational software startup that uses video game technologies in educational software.

Nolan Bushnell Quotes

  1. “A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

2. “If you’re willing to work harder than anybody else, you can create your own luck”

3. “The true entrepreneur is a doer”

4. “The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.”

5. “Work smart, not hard.”

6. “Any business that does not innovate will fail over time.”

7. “I’ve always thought legal addictions are a great way to create a business. Starbucks is a wonderful example.”

8. “Being your own boss is much superior to working for the man. Including working for your father.”

9. “Creativity in life is about saying yes to new ideas.”

10. “The best ideas lose their owners and take on lives of their own.”

Nolan Bushnell quotes

11. “A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

12. “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.”

13. “Hire for passion and intensity; there is training for everything else.”

14. “Remember that we can only in our forebrains handle 5-7 items. Our backbrains can handle massive amounts. So when you’re given a problem, think about it before you go sleep, and chances are you can solve it by the next morning.”

15. “People like secrets. Creative people really like secrets.”

16. “Innovation is hard. It really is. Because most people don’t get it. Remember, the automobile, the airplane, the telephone, these were all considered toys at their introduction because they had no constituency. They were too new.”

17. “Creativity is every company’s first driver. It’s where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place.”

18. “Business is a good game – lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money. ”

19. “A lot of people think that success is luck and being in the right place at the right time. But I think if you’re willing to work harder than anybody else, you can create an awful lot of your own luck.”

20. “The truth is just an excuse for lack of imagination.”

Nolan Bushnell quotes

21. “When you’re building something, you know all of the trade-offs.”

22. “Young adults love to play games and they’re thirsty for social interaction, but a lot of bar and restaurant experiences are quite unsatisfactory on the social level. What young people need is a place that has the feel of an unhosted party where they find themselves interacting with like-minded strangers.”

23. “Some of the best projects to ever come out of Atari or Chuck E. Cheese’s were from high school dropouts, college dropouts. One guy had been in jail.”

24. “Everybody believes in innovation until they see it. Then they think, ‘Oh, no; that’ll never work. It’s too different.’”

25. “A good game is easy to learn but hard to master.”

Nolan Bushnell quotes

26. “One of the big concerns I have is that most of the HR departments in a lot of companies are hiring away from creativity and they don’t know it. For instance, they are requiring everybody to have a college degree. The most creative people I know couldn’t deal with college.”

27. “I think in terms of businesses, in terms of things that are really big and marry technology with entertainment. That’s where I like to spend my time.”

28. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but three are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

29. “I guess I’d like to be known for being an innovator, fostering creativity, thinking outside the box. You know, keeping people playful.”

30. Today, companies have to radically revolutionize themselves every few years just to stay relevant. That’s because technology and the Internet have transformed the business landscape forever. The fast-paced digital age has accelerated the need for companies to become agile.

My favorite Nolan Bushnell Quotes are, “The true entrepreneur is a doer” and “The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.”

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