I believe there is a threshold difference between passionate and self-disciplined EAs. As excited EAs become more dedicated, they tend to hit a wall where their frugality starts to affect them personally much more than it previously have. This wall takes effort to overcome, if it is overcome at all.
Meanwhile, when an obligatory EA becomes more dedicated, that wall doesn’t exist (or at least it has less force). So it’s easier for self-disciplined EAs to get to more extreme levels than for passionate EAs.
Well if we believe 80K that talent gaps matter more than funding gaps, maybe it’s good for excited EAs to worry less about donating and more about direct impact?