For many years, author Anselm Nwaorgu wondered how people of little means were able to break into unimaginable success. Nwaorgu studied stories of people like Oprah Winfrey, Chuck Kaparich – the inventor of the carousel – and writer Og Mandino, who combated their past limitations to become people of great accomplishment.

 In his new book, “Beating the Odds: Inspirations from Matthew 25” (published by iUniverse), Nwaorgu outlines the eight principles he believes are the intrinsic determinants of personal accomplishment and success in life.

 “Beating the Odds” is a motivational self-improvement book based on the author’s conviction that people are not defined by their limitations but by their potential, self-determination and grace. The author takes the biblical teachings of Matthew 25 and breaks them down into eight practical lessons. Stories of lived experiences provide for the application of these principles to everyday life.

 “In a world in which the ladder to success can many a time be crowded, the book allows readers to see how they can create their own ladder of success and put themselves on top of it,” Nwaorgu says.