“What motivates me?”

A frequent question I get, so I’ll try to respond whilst in a contemplative mood. What drives me is passion. A true passion and love for whatever I’m doing. To constantly grow and hone my craft and hopefully be a inspiration for others, as so many have been for me. I constantly look around me and am inspired by so many talented people. That, and a competitive spirit I’ve had since my early youth to be the best at what I’m doing.

For me, a hunger for success keeps me focused and determined. To know and really believe, deep down inside that anything is possible and dreams can come true. I think everyone can relate to what I’m about to say in some way or another. But I can only explain it from a first person point of view, and from my past experiences. Once you’ve had a small taste of success, anything but success just won’t do. Things seem bland, coffee loses it’s taste, flowers lose their color and the smell of morning dew just isn’t the same. For me, I can close my eyes and recall some of my favorite memories. Whether winning a race as a driver and standing on the top step of the podium or being house photographer for a well known designer at New York Fashion Week. I want to reach this level with any project or endeavor I’m on.

In the end however, I think the biggest motivator for me is fear. A fear of not trying. A fear of regret that I didn’t go for it. A fear of failure not do to trying, but due to a lack of courage to try. To know that I have wonderful parents who have sacrificed everything for me to succeed. Parents who have instilled morals, values, and the work ethic required to succeed. Not only as a professional, but as a human. For me, these are the things that motivate me.

Jay Marroquin