seek (one's) fortune

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seek (one's) fortune

To attempt to make a living or become rich by leaving one's home or original location. She worked as an assistant in the firm for several years before she finally left to seek her fortune as an independent contractor. I felt trapped in such a small town, where opportunities were very scarce for young people, so as soon as I turned 18, I packed up my belongings and moved to New York City to seek my fortune.
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seek your ˈfortune

(literary) try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place: At the age of twenty, he decided to emigrate and seek his fortune in Canada. ▶ ˈfortune seeker noun
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Having managed to finally save up $99, he sought his fortune in the tin mines of Malaya--upon his death in 1917, he was one of the country's richest men.
She will be helping people to delve into family history but she also has an interesting ancestry herself, including a relative who sought his fortune in South America.
Because the game there was all-amateur, Wilkes sought his fortune at Inter Milan.
When George was 2, his father moved the family to Texas, where he sought his fortune in the oil business.