Manifestation Company

Building ventures that pioneer change and enhance the world.

Bishop’s Opening

The Endgame

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Too often, humanity’s brightest chase mere distractions. Enter the forever game.

Rōnin’s enduring quest: to forge bold, industry-changing enterprises that drive us towards a symbiotic, sustainable, and abundant future.

Mission & Values

Rōnin’s mission: To inspire and empower the builders of today through the power of swordplay.

Lego’s mission: To inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Ikigai 生き甲斐

Ikigai is a philosophical term that breaks into ‘iki’ meaning ‘alive’ and ‘gai’ meaning ‘worth’. These phrases together refer to what gives your life value, meaning, or purpose.

Kaizen 改善

The word Kaizen is derived from two Kanji, the first ‘Kai’, meaning ‘change,’ and the second ‘zen’, meaning ‘good. ‘ The literal being change for the better or improvement.

Satori 悟り

Satori is a Buddhist term for awakening. It is derived from the Japanese verb satoru. In the tradition, it refers to a deep experience of seeing into one’s true nature.

Live By The Sword

Bushidō (武士道) or the “Way of the Warrior” describes a uniquely Japanese code of ethical conduct adhered to by the samurai. It is loosely analogous to Western concepts of chivalry (think Knights of the Round Table) and yet it is more. Bushido encompasses a system of moral principles. It embodies a code of daily living for the samurai. Those instructed in the code are expected to discipline themselves according to it. There are seven principles of Bushido:

Rectitude.  Correct judgment or procedure for the resolution of righteousness. “To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.”

Courage.  A virtue only in the cause of righteousness. Death for an unworthy cause was termed a dog”s death. “It is true courage to live when it is right to live, and to die only when it is right to die.”

Benevolence. Love, affection for others, sympathy and nobility of feeling are regarded as the highest attributes of the soul. “Benevolence brings under its sway whatever hinder its power just as water subdues fire.”

Politeness.  A poor virtue if it is actuated only by a fear of offending good taste. Rather it should stem from a sympathetic regard for the feeling of others. “In its highest form politeness approaches love.”

Veracity.  “Truthfulness.” Lying was deemed cowardly, and it was regarded as dishonorable. Indeed the word of a samurai guaranteed the truthfulness of an assertion. No oath is necessary. “Propriety carried beyond bounds becomes a lie.”

Honor.  A vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth is implicit in the word honor. “Dishonor is like a scar on a tree which time, instead of effacing only helps to enlarge.”

Loyalty.  Only in the code of chivalrous honor does loyalty assume importance. In the conflict between loyalty and affection the code never wavers from the choice of loyalty. “A samurai was obliged to appeal to the intelligence and conscience of his sovereign by demonstrating the sincerity of his words with the shedding of his own blood.”

Die By The Sword

“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
~ Muhammad Ali, 1973

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt, ‘The Man In The Arena’, 1910

“The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win.”
~ Miyamoto Musashi, ‘The Book of Five Rings | 五輪書 Go Rin no Sho’, 1645