In my view this proverb is not always right as in many scenarios you can learn more when you are working for more successful and intellectual people than what will you learn by your own.
Don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff.
Generally the beauty will come from face rather than the tail. So be the face of a small animal rather than a tail of a big animal.
Mr.Kejriwal is the president of a party. I am an ordinary member in BJP. Kejriwal is known to all Indians but my neighbor don't know about me.
So it is better to be cat's face rather the tail of a lion
This is what I can understand from this proverb. I think nowadays sharing proverbs as threads is a fashion. Good trend. We should continue this. This proverbs will give lot of inputs if we correctly interpret and very useful for us in our day to day life.