Whether he’s rapping with CODE S.P.R.K. or making a difference for his customers, Terrell’s focus on achieving his #SparkGoals has made all the difference.

For Terrell M., being a department manager of Paper and Chemicals at Store 3751, San Tan Valley, Ariz., and performing at last year’s Arizona Hip Hop Festival are more related than you’d think.

 

A drive to succeed and make a difference for himself and his family has motivated Terrell—who performs as “T-Whiz” or “Trizz the Whiz”—in both areas. Here’s a look at how he combines his passion for music and drive to succeed to set and achieve his goals.

Goal No. 1: Move Family

“I grew up in a rough area outside Los Angeles. It wasn’t safe for my siblings or my mom. So, I made it a goal to help move them away from all that. I was hired as a temporary remodel associate, a 120-day contract, and I gave it my best. My managers saw that, so when the contract was up, I was sent on more remodel.

 

“Suddenly, I had the promise of having full-time hours and a steady income. We saved enough in a year to move my family from California to Alaska, and now I have the peace of mind that they are in a safe and supportive environment.”

Goal No. 2: Pursue Music

“I was born with a genetic disease called enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome. It burst the aqueduct of my right ear so I can’t hear sound coming to that ear, but I still have my eardrum, and I can feel the vibrations of sound.

 

“My mom says I sang before I could even form words, that I’ve always wanted to share my message. I decided that being half deaf wasn’t going to be a thing that brought me down.”

 

“With the Walmart Rap Battle, I saw my opportunity to have a bigger impact with my music, and I made it a goal to give it my all. Winning and becoming part of CODE S.P.R.K. was just the beginning.”.

Goal No. 3: Perform Live

“After filming the ‘OGP Rap’ music video, I was more confident in myself and my music. I’ve always wanted to perform live, but without the confidence I gained with CODE S.P.R.K., I’m not sure I would have knocked on the door of the Arizona Hip Hop Festival. With my Walmart family behind me, I asked to perform at the festival—and was accepted.” 

Spreading the Spark

“Being on stage was like being in the clouds—it was like I was on fire, like I was frozen, like I was flying, like I was swimming. It was absolutely invigorating and motivating.”

 

“I want to use the momentum I have to push forward, set bigger goals, and make an impact in my community and in my store. I see that spreading the spark.”

 

Follow @TrizzTheWhiz on Instagram to see more of Terrell’s music and Walmart adventures.

 

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