If you are looking for someone who is a perfect example of what a true entrepreneur looks like, then you need to look no further then at Dr. Mark McKenna. McKenna was an exceptional student while enrolled at Tulane Medical School, but it wasn’t long before he quickly realized that in order to make money he would have to venture out beyond medicine. Even while he was still in medical school, he would moonlight at prisons doing physicals and invested every but of money that he made on the side into real estate.
He graduated with his medical degree in 1999 and did work a few years in his father’s practice, but it was not long before Dr. Mark McKenna turned all of his attention to building a successful real estate business. This business did suffer a huge hit from Hurricane Katrina though and McKenna lost millions due to damage from the storm. At this point in his life, McKenna decided to combine his medical background with his business spirit and created ShapeMed. ShapeMed was a set of offices that offered aesthetic treatments for those who wished to enhance their appearances. In 2015, he decided to sell the successful ShapeMed brand to a successful chain of gyms and that is when he came up with his newest business venture, OVME.
OVME, is a cosmetic medical office currently located in Atlanta, Georgia; however, Dr. Mark McKenna has the hope that eventually his idea will become a national chain of aesthetic medical offices. OVME will provide individualized aesthetic medical treatment for those consumers who wish to build their self-confidence. He also plans to eventually develop an application for smart devices, so that individuals can search for aesthetic practitioners that can complete simple treatments in the privacy of someone’s home.
Dr. Mark McKenna is a man of intelligence and of immense drive. If you need someone to look at as a role model for leading in the entrepreneur world, then McKenna is that person.
The traditional evolutionary biology and psychology perspective on human nature is that we are naturally selfish in order to guarantee our survival as individuals, but Brazil’s leading neuroscientist Jorge Moll may have discovered otherwise. He and his partner Jordan Grafman, both members of the National Institute of Health, scanned brains of philanthropic volunteers as they were asked to think about a situation where they donated an amount of money to charity or kept it for personal use to examine where the impulse to give, or put in other terms, compassion, surges in the brain. In another study, Grafman was able to determine that people with higher involvement in charity in their everyday life had higher level of activity in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain towards the forehead. When volunteers placed others well-being before theirs, a part of the brain usually triggered in response to sex or food was activated. Helping other affects two brain reward stimulant systems: the VTA, also stimulated by sex, food and drugs and the subgenual area, stimulated when people see their significant others or babies.
What makes their 2006 study so staggering? In 1989 James Andreoni tried to explain the reasons why people give to charity with the term “warm-glow giving”. The fact that some people are encouraged to help the ones in need despite the fact that it may mean sustaining personal costs is something that has perplexed neuroscientist and evolutionary psychologists. The term created by Andreoni means that people participate in “impure altruism”: they don’t give by the sole purpose of helping other, but for the utility obtained from the generosity, which is the pleasurable emotional feeling one gets from helping others. Moll and Grafman’s study supports the existence of the “warm glow” at a neurological level (diasdacruz). Their study gave the first scientific proof that the “joy of giving” has a biological root in our brain, the medial orbitofrontal-subgenual and lateral orbitofrontal areas because they mediate the decisions to help or to oppose determinate social causes. And even more astoundingly, compassion and generosity shares that basis with selfish rewards satisfaction as the same anterior sections of the prefrontal cortex are stimulated and the mesolimbic reward system is engaged almost identically by both donations and when monetary rewards are given.