Efforts to “drop the ego”, like those used to pick up/buy into such conceptual self-identification, is in itself the operation of what is being called ‘ego’. Seeing the nature of this is enough – but few will see this as there is no payoff for the identifiable ‘self’.
For those who do ‘see’ the nature of this, by exhaustion or by grace, attachment/identification is revealed/recognized/realized as obviously false and such delusion simply becomes unsustainable. Nothing need be done or not done about this ‘ego’ business. The so called ‘ego’ is perpetually rebuilt of thinking otherwise. Efforts to deal with ‘ego’ are but ‘ego’ reformations. ‘Ego’ is an invention, in a state of continual re-invention.
The ‘work’ comes after this realization, when you must concede the false self has its place in this – and is not ‘other’ or ‘separate’ from this. Only realization and death are effortless. This is no coincidence.