Continuous effort counts for a lot, but again I have to point back to the source.
You’ve got to care enough to be able to pour that kind of effort into something. To keep coming back to it over and over again, to hone your skills in one area or another, to gain experience. Without desires and dreams none of that is possible. Or if it is… congrats to the people out there who can actually torture themselves to the point of success doing something they don’t even like.