If you're not a subscriber to our Motley Fool Rule Breakers newsletter service, you may not even realize that today is the third Wednesday of the month. What's so special about that? It's a day of enlightenment for growth-stock enthusiasts. This is the day when the latest issue of the newsletter is released.

Easy, now. You've got plenty of time as the new issue won't be published until the market closes today. However, even if you find yourself checking out the issue fashionably late, there are still some pretty good reasons to pay belated attention.

Since the newsletter's launch last year, the average recommendation has tripled the market's performance. It may not seem like much, but the S&P 500 has returned an average of 4.6% while our picks have gained an average of 14.2%. If we can keep that up over time, even the most modest investor will make out nicely.

Of course, these are volatile growth stocks. Implosions will happen when you are fishing in the mercurial growth-stock waters. The newsletter already has a couple of those. Then again, more than half of the 24 past recommendations are showing double-digit percentage gains since they were first singled out. Today, we will kick off our second year of picking superior stock ideas.

So are you coming around? Is this the day when Blackberry harvester Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) or online real estate whiz Homestore.com (NASDAQ:HOMS) finally make the cut? They are just two of the 225 stocks in our active Rule Breakers Universe. Another entry is TheKnot.com (NASDAQ:KNOT). The leading resource site for couples about to get hitched more than doubled over the past year. Is this the issue where it takes the leap to become a true Rule Breaker?

Finding great growth stocks early in their defiance cycle has been lucrative in the past. It has translated into an 86% gain on shares of biotech upstart Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) since it was recommended in our February issue. NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) made the cut a month earlier and is now up a whopping 65%.

Tonight, we will be adding two more selections to our list of active picks, but that's not all you will find in the newsletter. We will also be taking a look back at the first dozen issues. My column is dedicated to the early adopter breakthroughs that have taken place over the last year -- and the innovations that will rock 2006. Other articles are dedicated to the latest trends in biotechnology and nanotechnology. There is also a lively community board to keep the exchanges going above and beyond the regular distribution of new issues and mid-month updates.

So the next time you find yourself wondering how companies like edgy beverage specialist Hansen Natural (NASDAQ:HANS) or online marketing enabler aQuantive (NASDAQ:AQNT) found the gumption to more than double in recent months, odds are that the trail to higher share prices started with a bunch of savvy investors who spotted the possibilities before anyone else. Join us with a free 30-day trial.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz finds that eating, sleeping, and breathing growth stocks will work wonders for your financial health. He is part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.