Small Town girl turned TV Presenter, Motivational Speaker, Emcee, Health and Fitness Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Business Owner and Ambassador. I have quite a few titles ranging from being a Miss South Africa 2014 Top 12 Finalist, Miss Veet 2014 runner-up, Miss Earth South Africa 2014 Top 10 Finalist and a Top 10 Finalist on Presenter Search on 3, which landed me a presenting Job on SABC3 and my current TV Presenter Title as a Pasella TV Presenter on SABC 2. My journey took me to discover my love for the Youth, Business, Education and Television. It led me to start my own Success classes at underprivileged schools in Stellenbosch, doing various amounts of charity work, Co-owning a Production Company, doing Motivational and Public Speaking, Emceeing and Being a Television Presenter.

You are busy with some very interesting projects. Please tell us a little more about them.

Well, I see myself as a jack of all trades to be honest. My first love however, is my Mishka Patel Success Classes at St Idas Primary, Rietenbosch Primary and JJ Rhode. What I speak about and teach young girls:

  • Goal orientation.
  • Take them on a journey – I tell them a story about a Small town girl from Idasvalley, managed to dream big and then follow through on those goals and dreams.
  • Visions.
  • Obstacles.
  • Planning & preparation.
  • Teamwork.

I am a spokesperson for three organisations close to my heart:

I am also doing TV Presenting for Pasella, an Afrikaans TV Show on SABC2 and I co-own a production company, GeTuned Media, and we are currently airing a reality Show called SellHard Western Cape Season 2! It airs every Saturday at 7pm, on channel 365 on StarSat SA and on channel 152 on OpenView HD, but we also have a YouTube account with all the links to all the episodes, which we share all over social media.

Recently I have been working on my writing skills as a blogger as well. On the side, I do keynote and motivational speaking, modelling and I emcee at events.

What are you passionate about?

Honestly, I am passionate about the youth, especially the young girls I work with, creating change and using my platforms to connect people and being a positive influence.

Who or what has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

My mother. Until I lost her to cancer last year in September, at a young age of 46, she’s been the reason for my success. She’s my biggest supporter, biggest role model and probably the strongest woman I know. I can only wish to be half the woman and mother she was, as I had to fill the ‘mommy shoes’ as I have a 5 year’s old baby sister.

What is your personal motto?

“Success isn’t always achieved by how much you know, often it’s achieved by how motivated you are.” – And I think that’s why I remain motivated at all times, and that’s why I invest my time in motivational speaking.

What advice would you give a woman wanting to follow her dreams?

It’s never too late to start – Don’t let anyone ever tell you you’re not good enough or smart enough to follow your dream. I have been told every single thing that’s negative growing up, and I still chose NOT to believe them. Dream it and most importantly DO it!

What are your top 3 business tips?

1. Always be focused.
2. Always be committed to commitments.
3. Always remain hungry and driven.

What would you say is the secret to your success?

The constant need to improve and learn.

Your favourite quote:

“Good things do not come to those who wait, good things come to those who get up and Work for it.” ~Unknown.

Your favourite daily affirmation:

YOU CAN DO THIS. I say it to myself every morning when I wake up!

What advice would you give your younger self?

Start saving at a young age, haha. Actually to just enjoy life more. To breathe, and take it one step at a time and to believe in myself!

Which book are you currently reading?

The Choice by Og Mandino.

What book can you read over and over again?

The Greatest Salesman in the world by Og Mandino.

One general piece of advice you would like to share:

Enjoy life. It’s so short. Sometimes it’s necessary to slow down, and enjoy the moments. .

Is there anything that Xtraordinary Women can do to assist you on your journey?

Just remain Xtraordinary and help other women become Xtraordinary too xx.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @MishkaPatel