Jad Abumrad’s Creative ‘Gut Churn’

I've listened to about 30 episodes of RadioLab since I heard Merlin Mann recommend it on Back to Work. Jad Abumrad’s podcast (WNYC radio show) is one of the most robust talk shows I’ve heard. The production value is high, the content is king.

The other day, I got curious. I wondered if Jad had spoken for any cool events, like a TED conference. Even better: I came across his talk at the 99U Conference from 2013. His talk is very appropriate for my readers: Embrace the "Gut Churn" of the Creative Process.

I'm in the midst of such a gut churn time frame on the Movieology project—that other podcast and web show I’ve been working on forever. It’s very edifying to hear that Jad wrestled with gut churn like I am, and worked RadioLab through the process to the other side where he now has a very reputable show.

Gut churn is something all mindful creative professionals experience at some point. It comes with our territory for imaginative people. We care deeply about the world and our output in a unique way. We are striving to do something great with our lives. When we think we are hitting on that great thing, the gut churn activates. When we are at the end of our creative rope, the gut churn activates. Does gut churn mean that what we’re creating is necessarily good? No, but if we are on to something good, there will undoubtedly be gut churn as well.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.