Dan's autobiography, 'A Man Makes His Own Luck', is available now!


A Man Makes His Own Luck

A Man Makes His Own Luck


This book is the next step in a lifelong journey towards achievement and big goals. In spite of being legally blind, a Type 1 diabetic, and being born with a rare form of dwarfism, Daniel has led a full life; from growing up in Africa with plenty of adventures in the bush, to immigrating to New Zealand at the age of 18 with his family. He doesn't believe 'disabilities' should hinder anyone from achieving their goals or ambitions, and he hopes this collection of his own life lessons and overcoming obstacles will inspire others to push themselves and make their own luck in life.

Reviews of 'A Man Makes His Own Luck'


"Dan’s story is a wonderful read for anyone with or without disabilities. His will to succeed and incredible way of carrying on regardless is phenomenal. Anyone who reads this book will be amazed at his tenacity and reluctance to ever give up.
With his best friend Cassie by his side and the never-ending support of family and friends, Dan continues to show the world there is always a way."


"Brilliant book about courage and overcoming obstacles! From memories of his childhood, to defeating the odds, Dan has come so far and continues fighting on. Great read!"


"A truly inspirational story. A charming and heartwarming read and a reminder to live each day to the fullest."

'A Man Makes His Own Luck' is also available for purchase in Nelson at 
Page & Blackmore (154 Trafalgar Street) and online in Kindle and paperback format at: 







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Nelson, New Zealand



Having purpose to your day is essential, whether you live with or without a disability. Daniel Younghusband has refused to be beaten by his challenges and has turned a small idea an inspiring enterprise.

Beginning with a few Paua shells collected by his father, Dan was inspired to make shapes from the beautiful native shell. These shapes evolved into simple jewellery pieces and "Paua by Dan" was born.








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