Aitken roshi once again:
Muso Kokushi distinguished between three kinds of Zen students: those who shake off entangling circumstances and single-mindedly pursue their practice; those who scatter their attention and are fond of book learning; and those who just repeat the words of old teachers by rote.
There might be a touch of irony reading this in a book but I’m presently in that middle category, I think.
Shake off entangling circumstances
That’s a lot different than “wait for circumstances to improve,” isn’t it.