If you're easily influenced by naysayers, high-growth investing probably isn't for you. But if you have the courage to invest in search of the Next Big Thing, then investing in high-growth stocks can provide powerful returns.

Many of today's large-cap stocks started out as small and medium-sized companies with huge growth prospects. To invest in them, you had to break a lot of rules -- ignoring pricey valuations, counting on optimistic scenarios, and essentially believing in the missions behind these businesses. Plenty of them crashed and burned -- but those that succeeded did so beyond many investors' wildest imaginings.

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