Sidney Poitier said he always carried out his mother’s advice, which was, “Say thank you and please.” That is another way of saying “be polite,” or “have your neighbor’s interest at heart.” It is not quite “Love your neighbor as yourself,” but it gets quite close to it.
You might say that advice won people over, and in essence, that is what Sidney did, and it accounts for his success besides his picking excellent roles that showed his talent. He seems to have won over people with his goodness, avoiding hatred and activist stances. He didn’t say do or don’t.
He kind of makes you say, “I hope I left the world better like he did.”