Oftentimes the slowest and most grueling part of any tournament is the money bubble, where the next person out gets no money. The average Joe tightens up and plays very few hands, just trying not to be the guy who goes out on teh bubble, but what do good players do? They start playing hyper-aggressive and run over all the average Joes.
It isn’t the man who waits out the bubble and sits on his chips that goes on to win the tournament, but the guy who collects the most chips during this delicate part of a tournament. If you begin getting agressive on the bubble and are unfortunate enough to bubble 1/3rd of the time but the rest of the time you gain a lot of chips and continue on to 1st or 2nd you will come out on top in the long run, especially in larger MTTs. The worst thing is to barely slip by the bubble after being blinded down and getting out shortly thereafter.
One way I like to get over the bubble fears is to play SNGs that don’t hurt my bankroll even if I lose them 90%. I play till it is 4 handed and start playing very aggresive. You’d be surprised at the results. Usually if I go into 4 handed play with an average stack I can come out 3-handed with the chip lead and take the tournament down. Try it out sometime!