As a point of interest, here's the actual quote from HoH:
"Remember this. In order to reach the final table of a big tournament, it's not enough to get paid off on your monster hands. At least once or twice during the event, you're going to have to come back from the dead. You're going to be all-in against someone who has you beat, and you're going to catch a card on 4th or 5th street that miraculously keeps you alive. I've been to a lot of final tables, but I've never been to one where I didn't have to hit a perfect card somewhere earlier in the tournament." [Harrington on Holdem Vol I, pg 66]
If this is the case, then even the best will only make the final table occasionally (reflecting the odds
of the getting a miracle card once or twice per tournament).
For the rest of us, we need strike to gold a little more often, I suppose.