A fortune can be a large amount of money, and fortune is a form of fate. So you want to have the good fortune to make a fortune during your career.

Fortuna was the Roman goddess of fate and luck. She was sometimes depicted with a wheel, and the random spinning of her "wheel of fortune" became a symbol for the unpredictability of fate (and, much later, the title of a popular game show). A fortune teller can look into her crystal ball or tarot cards and predict your future. But her predictions are probably about as accurate as the "prophecy" that comes inside your fortune cookie.

Definitions of fortune

n your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

“whatever my fortune may be”
circumstances, destiny, fate, lot, luck, portion
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good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
lack of success
prosperity, successfulness
the condition of prospering; having good fortune
blessing, boon
a desirable state
the condition of being financially weak
adversity, hard knocks, hardship
a state of misfortune or affliction
gutter, sewer, toilet
misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
hard cheese
bad luck
a state of complete lack of some abstract property
bank failure
the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
crop failure
the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
dead duck
something doomed to failure
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a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

n an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

chance, hazard, luck
bad luck, mischance, mishap
an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
even chance, toss-up, tossup
an unpredictable phenomenon
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any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome

“it was as if fortune guided his hand”
fluke, good fortune, good luck
a stroke of luck
good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
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any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n a large amount of wealth or prosperity

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hoarded wealth, treasure
accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.

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