If you’re not learning, you’re not growing.
You don’t need to wait for that paid conference to come through (there are some in town that are probably free).
You don’t need to wait for someone to ask you if you want to take that course (you can take the $15 version Udemy).
You don’t need to wait for “work to come in” to learn that new technology (you can invent a purpose and do it on your own).
You don’t need to wait for the customer to buy into that feature you want to work on (you can build it and then show them).
The responsibility for your growth resides with one person, you.
We’re conditioned to think that when we take a job, somewhere, anywhere, that this is our employer’s responsibility. We offload it to them – “here educate me while I work for you”.
We have it backwards, it’s not their responsibility, it’s ours, its simply been easier to offload it to someone else so we don’t have to think about what we truly need.