I just watched a $100K tourney play out. As I began to watch it was down to ten players on two tables. One particular player caught my eye right away. He was one of the short stacks. I watched him lose a flip and drop from 7th to 10th. A few hands later he went all-in and took down a pot. A few hands after that he doubled up through the player he had lost the previous coin flip to.
As the final table started he was 8th out of 9 players. As the final table progressed it became obvious to me that this palyer was fearless, picking off bluffs with nothing but a small pair, putting his opponents to the test with aggressive bets and raises, and making more than a couple tough calls for all of his chips. He seemed to pick his spots well, knowing when to play back at someone and when to muck.
With about six players left, a couple observers began speculating as to who might eventually win. Of course, the chip leader was favored, and understandably so, having not only the lead, but more than a 3 to 1 advantage over the closest stack. My thoughts were that the player that had caught my attention by showing no fear stood a strong chance, even though he was only in fourth with six left. To me it seemed the fact that he wasn't afraid to lose gave him a strong shot to win. And that is exactly what he did. He went from being the short stack with ten players left to a 20.5K payday because he wasn't afraid to take a shot at victory. That's the only way you're going to win.
Play to win. Good luck.