People, Don’t Cry.

Mikki Bey wrote an article called I cried on ABC’s “Shark Tank” last week:

“Am I the first to cry on the show? No. Will I be the last? Definitely not. I have been an avid viewer and superfan of the show, and was one of over 30,000 people who auditioned for this current season. Getting to pitch my business, Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions, on Season 7 should have been the highest point in my career. Instead, I am defending my performance against criticism fueled by the words of one of the women entrepreneurs on my episode.”

She continues that women should cry and own it. How do you feel about it?

I believe that in a work environment, no matter what gender, we should aspire to not cry in front of our peers about business. Why? It means we are in an emotionally upset state of mind. Which is, in most situations, not a good thing, especially if we are upset enough to be brought to tears. I don’t know about you, but if I am in tears, I am not at my best.

So, if this situation presents itself in a place where you work as a professional hired to do a job, do you really want to lose it there? I mean, sure, you might really dig these people, but its still business. Or on Shark Tank. You are there for a pitch. Despite what people say, this is not life or death. If shit hits the fan, take a deep breath, finish what you are doing and remove yourself and go cry somewhere else.

I am by no means saying one should be a robot, personal shit happens, that is totally different beast. If someone in the next cubical finds out something upsetting, and breaks down, I’m there 100% to support you however I can. That is life.

I just agree when Barbara Corcoran, an investor on “Shark Tank,” says, “The minute a woman cries, you’re giving away your power. You have to cry privately.”  I would just like to replace the word ‘woman’ with ‘people’, because we are all less powerful when we are bawling our eyes out. As we should be. And why we should not do it in business.