A friend copes well with his techie reputation. His T-shirt says "No, I Will Not Fix Your Computer". When I saw it I believed it was a joke, but he explained. I think I know what J. D. Salinger meant when he had his character write, in Catcher in the Rye, "If I were a piano player, I'd play it in the goddamned closet."
You've got to be pretty serious about keeping your talents private if you wind up withdrawing from mainstream humanity for something like 40 years!