Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?  — Benjamin Franklin

If you have not been exposed to the Gallup StrengthsFinder instrument, I am quite impressed and recommend it.  StrengthsFinder identifies your five major strengths from a list of 34, and gives characteristics of the strength and specific recommendations of how to better use them.

Here is a brief history from the site:

In 1998, the Father of Strengths Psychology, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003), along with Tom Rath and a team of scientists at Gallup, created the online StrengthsFinder assessment. In 2004, the assessment's name was formally changed to "Clifton StrengthsFinder" in honor of its chief designer.

In 2007, building on the initial assessment and language from StrengthsFinder 1.0, Rath and Gallup scientists released a new edition of the assessment, program, and website, dubbed "StrengthsFinder 2.0." Rooted in more than 40 years of research, this assessment has helped millions discover and develop their natural talents.

My Top 5 Strengths:

Communication: People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

What makes you stand out?

By nature, you naturally gravitate to situations where you can be your true self. Instinctively, you characteristically find the right words to express whatever you are thinking. You offer explanations, discuss ideas, give examples, or share stories. You effectively use the spoken word. Chances are good that you relish talking to others. Frequently you help people express their opinions, thoughts, or viewpoints with enthusiasm. Your words frequently energize individuals or groups. Driven by your talents, you tend to gravitate to reading groups that converse about an author, a book, or printed materials on a given topic. Prior to the session, you are likely to gather as many facts as possible from the assigned reading. By storing this information in your mind, you increase your chances of recalling an insight you want to share with the other participants. It’s very likely that you sometimes amuse people with your stories. Perhaps you have special techniques for enlivening conversations so everyone involved has fun.

Strategic: People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

What makes you stand out?

By nature, you select the right combination of words to convey your ideas or feelings. You probably express yourself with ease and grace. Driven by your talents, you probably feel very good about yourself and life in general when you know the exact words to express an idea or a feeling. Because of your strengths, you may notice that multiple solutions to nagging problems just pop into your mind. Sometimes you study each option from many different angles. Perhaps you carefully evaluate the entire situation, then choose the alternative that makes the most sense. Chances are good that you likely are quite adept — that is, talented, skilled, and knowledgeable — with language. You can express your ideas and feelings with ease. You typically rely on words or phrases your teammates readily understand. It’s very likely that you generate ideas quickly. You draw clever linkages between facts, events, people, problems, or solutions. You present others with numerous options at a pace some find dizzying. Your innovative thinking tends to foster ongoing dialogue between and among the group’s participants.

Woo: People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

What makes you stand out?

Driven by your talents, you might be lively enough to help make certain events exciting for other participants. By nature, you regale people with illuminating accounts of incidents in your life. You entertain them with your tales. You candidly share your personal observations and experiences. As a result, individuals are apt to draw lessons and insights from your amusing stories. It’s very likely that you are counted on to be the talkative and sociable member of the team. Your friendly disposition helps most people feel comfortable enough to join in group activities or discussions. Chances are good that you may have a fondness for nearly every individual. This partially explains your ability to help people experience and enjoy their accomplishments. Because of your strengths, you may feel affection for a wide variety of people. Perhaps this trait permits you to see good qualities in people that others overlook.

Futuristic: People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

What makes you stand out?

Driven by your talents, you might be enthused about what you can accomplish in the coming months, years, or decades. It’s very likely that you sense your life has deep meaning. With remarkable vividness, you often imagine where you will be, what you will be doing, and what you have the ability to accomplish in the coming months, years, or decades. Your dreams of tomorrow are very alive in your mind today. You intentionally strive to transform these possibilities into reality. Because of your strengths, you prefer to spend time with visionaries. Thinking about only the present usually bores you. Instinctively, you may perceive that you have an ability to create vivid word pictures to describe the future. You may inspire people with your images of what can be. Perhaps individuals appreciate your forward thinking. They might want or need to hear from you more often. Chances are good that you may intentionally take charge of your future. You might be determined to shape it as you wish. This partially explains why you set aside some time to ponder your goals. You may be impelled to create the experiences you desire. To some extent, you might agree with the notion “If you can think it, you can make it happen.”

Learner: People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

What makes you stand out?

It’s very likely that you attempt to gauge how much information you have acquired compared to the amount someone else has gathered. Your rivalries may be actual or merely contests you have conceived in your mind. Because of your strengths, you might enjoy acquiring certain types of knowledge and/or skills. You might want to build on particular abilities you know you already have. When you meet people who value education like you do, perhaps you are interested in hearing about a few of their personal or professional ambitions, intentions, or goals. Understanding what they aim to accomplish may be the beginning of a practical partnership or an enduring friendship. By nature, you may desire to be knowledgeable about certain things. Depending on your other talents, perhaps you want to understand one topic in depth or comprehend many subjects at a basic level. Whatever your style, you might pay attention to particular people’s comments. When someone shares an interesting piece of information, you occasionally say or do something that tells the person, “I value your insights, and I look forward to hearing more of your ideas.” Chances are good that you might register for high level courses or honors classes. Why? Perhaps you are attracted to subjects that are not easy to comprehend. Occasionally you trust yourself enough to test your mental endurance and agility.