You are already a winner in my book Jesus - even if you didn't win the book yet.. :-D
My advice.. keep your head up. What I mean by that is, while you may be focusing on a given technology at your company, spend a little time each week/month looking into new technologies. This might mean, building your own projects on the side. However, if you can find a need at your company - one that is less mission critical, perhaps management will allow you to allocate a little time in that area each week/month.
Google is famous for doing this as part of people's jobs. They get a sandbox project that they are "required" to work on. Often, these projects become products down the road.
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