…That’s all it boils down to sometimes.
You know when you really want something, you would work your ass off for it? And you wouldn’t even think twice about investing time and effort in that something all because you know that it’s what you really want and that when you finally get it, all will be worth it.
Conversely, you put in some half-assed effort (or worse, no effort at all) for some half-assed shit that you can do without.
I believe at the end of the day, the effort you put in reflects on how much you really want that something. After all, why bother when you don’t even really want it enough, right?