Immigrant Faith Stories: Season 1, Episode 4
How did a young man from Hyderabad, India, who was written off by many as a rebellious and good-for-nothing teen, go on to win a prestigious international award in corporate communications, author two books, and inspire thousands of young people to chase their dreams?
One particular statement from Sunil Robert Vuppula’s interview gives a clue, “My career story is like a wonderful script written by God Himself.”
A global executive with a career spanning 25 years, Sunil is a writer, motivational speaker, and leadership coach. His first book, I Will Survive: Comeback Stories of a Corporate Warrior, was a bestseller that was endorsed by leaders such as Ratan Tata and Joseph Kennedy II.
Sunil started working at a young age to support his struggling family, ensuring that his siblings got a good education. Keen on learning and growing, he burned the midnight oil to get a Masters in Journalism while he worked full time. Sunil’s career in communications took him to London, UK and then to New Jersey, USA. In 2006, he won the Stevie International Award, considered by many the Pulitzer for corporate communications.
Through it all, Sunil rarely lost sight of his God-given purpose. When I talked with him, I was struck by his passion to serve God and others, “I didn’t want to ever think that now I’ve arrived in my life and I can sit back and enjoy the ride. Rather, Lord, you’ve brought me here for a purpose. Until that purpose is achieved, I’ll stay rooted. I’ll keep on serving.”
In this interview, Sunil also talks about how he turned around his unhealthy lifestyle to become an avid Marathon runner. Sunil Robert lives in Edison, New Jersy, with his wife, Prafulla, and two sons, Aman and Sahil.
Visit Sunil Robert’s website to know more about him.
Watch his TED talk here, which has over 400,000 views.
You can buy his books by clicking on the links below:
I Will Survive: Comeback Stories of a Corporate Warrior.
Bound to Rise: Radical Ideas for the New Corporate World.