I understand effort is relative. As I listen to comments and watch people’s actions I notice there are people who truly believe they are working hard, but when compared to my work ethic they certainly are not. Then you can take my effort level and compare to others and you get the same result. As in life most things are completely depending on comparison; unless of course max effort is defined as one doing the best they can do.
When I think about effort I can also understand why some learn to only give a little. Maybe life has taught them that their best effort will not always result in them “winning” therefore they decided early in life that the effort was not worth it. Maybe some people don’t like to put in max effort because they want to fly under the radar. I know several people who have this attitude.
There are no guarantees, but that shouldn’t deter us from working to our max ability.