I sincerely believe the fact that surrounding yourself with fellow steemians that are quite better than you is necessary and indeed important.
The reason is this; Once you are surrounded by such people, they either make you better or they help you to be better.
So my best advice is that you get yourself some friends on steemit through certain hashtags and communities.
A good place to find and make new friends is through discord. Once you are involved with any community, just look for a mentor or a friend that can help you through.
Yes, especially for the whales by posting relevant comment and by joining discord. You can learn and gain a good connection. When steemians notice that you are active and supportive, there's possible chance that you will get rewarded by upvote. In addition, if you want to contribute something to the platform it would be great that you post high quality content to boost your performance in the platform.