You play aggressive when everyone else is scared like Missjacki, find out your players. tight etc. Position is key and knowing when to steal blinds will make it a lot easier for
Ouch! While I can understand why my post sounds scared to you, I'm not talking about nitting up and blinding into 6th place. I take a lot of risks getting to the final table. Once I get there I feel a whole new tourney begins, the real tourney where all the most important and most lucrative decisions are made. So I start over and play it like the early phases of a new tourney. Observe the players and the new table dynamic and look for good solid spots to chip up.
Some folks feel that taking big risks, making moves and doubling up is the way to play the final table. That's fine for them, but I disagree. I prefer a different approach of a calculated climb to put myself in place for short handed play. I feel that I excel at 4 and 3 handed play and I'd much rather get to 4 handed a little below average stack than flip for stacks early. For my style I have a much better chance of winning if I have avg chips at 4 handed than if I am the chip leader at 8 handed.
I think that's because so many MTT players get little experience closing out 1 table. Shootouts are one of my favorite structures and I'm very successful at them by waiting till it's short handed to change gears. But in no way do I advocate blinding out just to climb the payscale...it's to get heads up.