How do you describe effort? Effort is what we need in order to play this game at higher levels. The more effort you put into competing the better the results will be. One of my former coaches once said to me "you can have a bad day shooting, you can have a bad day rebounding, but you can never have a bad day of effort"!
If you are striving to be a good player then make sure you are constantly putting in the effort, because the only failure is a failure to try!