A couple of days ago I was browsing Strava and I noticed a recent activity in a road I usually ride on. The rider was a Swedish athlete whom I thought was on vacation. I reached out to him and left a comment. 24 hours later I was contacted by a professional group of people who are establishing the first sports hotel in Hurghada that has a new cycling center. Suddenly I was in the middle of a great sports movement, one that I've been looking for a long time.
This made me think of the great things that happened to me because I decided to communicate and say "Hello"; I've met a lot of people who helped me become who I'm now over the internet and it all started with just me saying "Hello".
Some of this "reaching out" wasn't direct though; writing blog posts and publishing my code on the internet was another way of reaching out to the world and show my work. This brought me a great deal of opportunities.
I met my wife while building an online magazine when I was 18. We became friends for a year and then I took a step closer and told her that it's more than friendship to me. That was the hardest reaching-out I've ever done because I was too afraid of jeopardizing our friendship, but I'm very grateful I did reach out that day.
I know a lot of incredibly creative and smart people who're struggling with the reaching-out part, mostly afraid of rejection, or thinking they're imposters...some are just lazy as well.
Without people reaching out, the world will seem like it's only full of noise made by actual imposters and douchebags. I hope I always have the courage to reach out, you make sure you do too.