Girl Hero Interview

Jade Esler

What three qualities do you most value in a person?

Determination, passion and resilience. If you have these 3 qualities it’s impossible not to succeed.

What quality do you most value in yourself?

I’m a very committed person – to my studies, my flying, business, friends and family. I believe this has been the cornerstone of my successes to date. I also value my sense of curiosity – I love learning new things and am always wanting to know more.

What quality do you find hardest to deal with in other people?


When do you feel happiest?

I feel most happy when I’m in the air, or in the kitchen, but this is closely followed by when I’m in a Science or Maths class. I’m also extremely happy when I’m in Italy, and am greatly looking forward to my exchange there later this year. I’m lucky to be passionate about so many things, which means I am pretty happy most of the time!

What helps you when you feel discouraged?

By focussing on the end goal and always looking at the bigger picture. Also, knowing that I have the full support of my friends and family, regardless of what happens, is vital. Things are always going to go wrong, but I believe in the motto of “this too shall pass”.

What advice would you give to girls wanting to take a message to the world?

If it’s something that you strongly believe in it, and it’s going to make a difference in the world, even if for just one person, then do it!

What do you think a hero is?

Someone who positively inspires others to achieve their dreams and to be the best that they can be.

What’s your favourite girl hero word?

Ambition. As was told to me when at NASA earlier this year “Have a giant goal and believe in it”.

Who’s your current girl hero?

Nancy-Bird Walton. In a time when it wasn’t considered socially acceptable for females to be pilots, she had the determination and courage to chase her dreams regardless of others’ opinions. She worked hard to finance her own training, stayed true to herself and her dreams, changing the course of history for all female aviatrixes thereafter.

What advice would you give your 10-year old self?

Enjoy life to its fullest. Make the most of every opportunity, learn from mistakes and keep moving forward.

What’s one thing a girl hero should never do?

Speak negatively of others. Everyone is different and this is what makes us all amazing.

What has been a challenge or fear that you have had to overcome?

My biggest challenge is lack of time! Juggling my studies, my business and my flying training is a constant struggle – there is never enough time. But, I’d rather be constantly busy than bored.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

An increased understanding, awareness and tolerance of others. We should celebrate our differences, not put each other down because of them.

How does flying make you feel?

Empowered, happy and calm. It just feels right to be up there in control.

What’s your favourite cupcake?!

Whilst I don’t really eat cupcakes anymore, I love coming up with new flavours and ways to make them look appealing. At the moment that would be my chocolate sundae cupcake, or my cinnamon donut cupcake.

What’s your next goal?

To achieve my Private Pilot’s License on my 17th birthday, followed by my Commercial License on my 18th birthday. I am also looking to increase my motivational speaking engagements, and am working on a plan to circumnavigate Australia in a plane. The plan would be to stop in rural towns, where I would present to local school children, encouraging them to chase their dreams.

What do you think?