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"Bill Sutcliffe is an ordinary man with an extraordinary story to tell. Driven is a memoir primarily about the power of love forgiveness encouragement and mentoring. Of discovering his destiny and fulfilling it and assisting others to do the same. From poverty and an abusive childhood Bill is a remarkable example of how seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome with faith and a belief that anything is possible and achievable. After a youth of bitterness violence and petty crime Bill's life was turned around at the age of nine years old when the owner of the shop from which Bill was shoplifting stopped him told him he knew Bill had been pilfering and said 'You are very gifted son but what you need to do is use your gifts for positive purposes rather than for negative ones. Help people rather than steal from them. Promise me you'll do that and never do this again and I won't tell your parents or the police. Deal?'. This belief in Bill's potential was reinforced by one of his teachers who said 'I reckon what you've got to do more than anything is to prove people wrong. All those people you've told me about who have put you down over the years and said you'll never amount to anything prove them wrong! Otherwise you'll play into their hands. You've got a good mind an analytical mind a creative mind. You're also good at sport. Be the best you can be at everything you do and you will certainly prove people wrong.' Bill attended a Theological College at the age of twenty-one. Two years later he was appointed Assistant Manager then Manager of a Drop-in-Centre and Alcoholic Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne and subsequently became the youngest Superintendent of the Ballarat City Mission in its one hundred year history. His mission of helping and inspiring the disadvantaged to realise their own potential has taken him to work with prisoners and those with special needs for many years.