• “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”  
    – Helen Keller
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.
    – Erma Bombeck
  • “Excuses are tools of the incompetent, used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.” 
    - Barack Obama
  • Quality is never and accident, it is always intentional 
    – Tabia Megginson
  • “Excuses are tools of the incompetent, used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.”  
    - Inspirational

About This Site

The purpose of this site is to share some of the thoughts and works that have aided me in this journey called life. This site has been designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation to provided a tailored user experience.

I encouraged you to stay engaged and interact with various leaders that will comment on this site. I’ve learned some of the best leanings start from a discussion.

The Motivation section is a collection of the best advice that I live by and leverage to spark action. (updated most regularly)(updated most regularly)

The Publications section is regularly updated with my latest articles geared towards having a growth mindset.
The Portfolio section is regularly updated with (nonproprietary) industry educational material that may help spark an idea that leads to something great.
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction” -John F. Kennedy

My name is Damu Rufaro Winston. It means “one who brings happiness to his people”. Over the years, I have learned a person’s name is so much more than just an identifier. Most parent(s) spend countless hours deciding, fighting, and praying over the name of their soon to be sons and daughters. So, even before the child is born, he or she has begun an internal journey to learn what it means to become that name. It’s no coincidence we ask ourselves, “Who am I?”, “Who am I supposed to be?”, “What's my purpose?”… 

I truly believe that when your name has meaning, you go through life learning how to fulfill the meaning of that name....

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What I'm Reading

March 4, 2020
Let's talk DeFi

Blockchain Thought Leadership (hashtag#BLT) series: In this post, I am providing an overview of what Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is all about. In short, it represents a movement that has the potential to be the evolution of financial services as we know it today. Similar to other crowdsourced lending vehicles (i.e., lending club) but way more […]

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February 2, 2020
Mission Oriented Innovation

The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, invited me to draft strategic recommendations on mission-oriented research and innovation in the EU, to guide the future European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. To find a way to bring together the triple objectives of smart innovation-led growth, inclusion and sustainability, we must […]

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February 1, 2020
No Plastic in Nature

Plastic waste in our environment is a growing problem, and one that is rapidly becoming a crisis. It enters the ocean at a rate equivalent to one dump truck per minute. It adversely affects wildlife, the health of ecosystems, the integrity of food supplies, and livelihoods. The impact can be widely felt, from diminishing revenues […]

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